The NYPhil Biennial may be winding down, but the schedule will remain lively through much of June. Opera Cabal stages Georg Friedrich Haas's ATTHIS at the Kitchen, June 12-13; the same weekend, Chelsea Opera presents Copland's The Tender Land. Alexandre Lunsqui is the featured composer at the Chelsea Music Festival. The Early Music Festival NYC, a new initiative under the direction of Jolle Greenleaf and Donald Meineke, has a rich week of concerts June 13-19, culminating in a reprise of the Green Mountain Project's legendary Vespers 1610. Caramoor is offering this summer a Garden of Sonic Delights, with works by Laurie Anderson, Betsey Biggs, Annea Lockwood, Trimpin, Bruce Odland, and various others. The Philharmonic will include premières by Anthony Cheung and Sean Shepherd in the series starting on June 11 and 18. And, of course, there's Make Music NY on June 21.... On the other coast, WasteLAnd, in Los Angeles, offers Scott Worthington's Even the Light Itself Falls on June 13, and the What's Next Ensemble stages its annual Los Angeles Composers Project concert on June 21.... This year's MATA Festival is now streaming on WQXR.... Glen Wilson's masterly series of Naxos harpsichord recordings continues with a disc devoted to the undersung Elizabethan master Ferdinando Richardson and other treasures of the period, including the astounding, anonymous "Upon la mi re." ... In a futile protest against anniversary glut, I am not listening to Richard Strauss.
From Anastasia Tsioulcas's NPR Classical Facebook page: "If you've been following the ongoing conversation about how women are treated in classical music today...an interesting and relevant incident took place between yesterday & today. A source told me yesterday that during a session of the League of American Orchestras conference that is taking place right now in Seattle, a representative of the Berliner Philharmoniker was talking to a roomful of classical music professionals, and said that the reason that 78% of users for their (excellent) Digital Concert Hall is male is because...the computer setup is 'too complicated' for women." And more: "I received this via Twitter today from the orchestra: 'This was indeed a misleading statement – of course women can connect the devices just as well as men.'"
More: An official statement from the Berlin Philharmonic: "We very much regret this misleading statement and want to apologize for this mistake. As we know from the many emails we receive, difficulties in the use of such a complex technical offer as the Digital Concert Hall affect male and female users alike. We will address these difficulties very soon and work hard on an easier access."