WMPA has a podcast! Thanks to the generous work of WMPA supporter and podcast host, Muphen Whitney, you can listen to our very own podcast!
About Host Muphen Whitney
Muphen Whitney is a classical music- and art-lover who neither plays an instrument nor paints. Her favorite instrument to listen to is classical guitar, and her favorite composer is Johann Sebastian Bach. She is particularly happy when she can hear Bach's music played on a classical guitar.
Classical music and art have always been integral parts of Muphen's life, and she wants to bring the joy of great music and fine art to as many people as possible through information and education. She currently accomplishes this through podcasts that she writes, edits, and produces for classical music and arts groups and organizations in the Washington-Baltimore area.
Muphen resides in Kent County, Maryland, on Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore, where she actively participates in the area's lively music and art scene by collecting art -- much of it by local artists -- and by attending and supporting classical music and jazz concerts at several venues.
This is Muphen's first season of podcasts for the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with Maestro James, Board President Larry Ries, and WMPA Executive Director Esther Covington during this exciting season of women composers!
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Source: The Washington Post, Tuesday, December 4, 2007; Page C05
"There were winners aplenty at the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic's concert at Schlesinger Hall in Alexandria on Sunday. The first was Steven Gerber, the orchestra's composition winner for 2007; audiences last season voted him the composer whose works they would like to hear more often, so three will be performed this season. Sunday's was the Washington-born composer's Serenade for String Orchestra (1989-90), a subtle and rhythmically complex piece that calls for a multiplicity of string techniques. For example, the second movement, a theme and variations, at one point features the violins being strummed like banjos while the cellos play legato. As conducted by Music Director Ulysses S. James, the work flowed smoothly and effectively throughout.
The next winner was Wonkak Kim. He was first in the orchestra's concerto competition and performed Carl Nielsen's fascinating Clarinet Concerto (1928 -- but it sounds much more modern). Like the composer's Fifth Symphony of six years earlier, the concerto features a prominent snare drum, which often seems at war with the soloist. Kim evinced excellent breath control and fine command of his instrument's full range, with not a hint of screechiness.
Soprano Tiffany Bostic and the NOVA Community Chorus concluded the concert with Poulenc's odd and curiously affecting Gloria (1959). Conductor Mark Whitmire brought out both the surprisingly playful, almost trivial tunes and the more serious sections, in which Bostic's sweet and lovely voice floated ethereally above chorus and orchestra.
Those who heard this unusual program of 20th-century works turned out to be the biggest winners of all. The concert will be repeated Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany." —Mark J. Estren