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  • Debussy Riot: The life of African-American composer Undine Smith Moore

    Debussy Riot: The life of African-American composer Undine Smith Moore
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “journalist-in-residence,” Ricky O’Bannon, published a pretty interesting database on the BSO’s website a few months ago. He gathered the classical programs for the 2014-2015 season for 21 of the country’s largest symphony orchestras and entered data for each song performed into a huge spreadsheet so that it can be sorted by the composer’s name, the composer’s gender, and the composition date, among other things. It’s pretty fun to play around in, though there’s one depressing bit of information that becomes almost immediately obvious: The composers whose works major orchestras perform are overwhelmingly male. Out of the 1,849 songs that O’Bannon has on his spreadsheet, only 36 of them were composed (or co-composed) by a woman. That’s a little under 2 percent. And of those 36 women, none of them are black. The BSO just announced its calendar for the upcoming centennial season, which will feature nine living woman composers—a comparatively high number, considering that the BSO only performed two pieces by women this season—but still, none of them are black. Given that it’s Women’s History Month and last month was Black History Month, it seems fitting to pay tribute to an African-American woman who composed and taught music.
  • The Mail 3/4/15

    The Mail 3/4/15
    Hardball In my opinion, all the balls reviewed are dreck (“The search for Baltimore’s best matzo ball soup begins and ends at home,” Eats & Drinks, Feb. 18), simply air-entrained fluff in chicken flavored hot water. Real matzo balls...

    The Mail 2/25/15

    The Mail 2/25/15
    Kinked Off We are writing to express our disappointment and displeasure with the article, “One Night at a Curtis Bay Sex Party,” written by Rachel Anne Warren (Feature, Feb. 10). The article gives a very skewed perception of the BDSM scene...

    'Selma' brings a fresh perspective to MLK, the biopic, and counters Oscar-bait expectations

    'Selma' brings a fresh perspective to MLK, the biopic, and counters Oscar-bait expectations
    Around Oscar season, critics start telling you what you must see, isolating the films they deem necessary. There’s the overblown sense that if you don’t watch the film now, right now, then your existence as a consumer is forfeit and a personal...

    'One Night In Miami . . .' cleverly speculates on conversations among Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown

    'One Night In Miami . . .' cleverly speculates on conversations among Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown
    It’s a matter of historical record that Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown spent the night of Feb. 25, 1964, at Miami’s Hampton House Hotel. It was a momentous night, for Clay had just defeated Sonny Liston earlier in the...