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Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to “leveling the playing field” for women in classical music, especially composers. Recent decades have uncovered and produced many great works by women, but most of this music has yet to reach mainstream classical audiences.  It’s time to change that habit of exclusion and bring this wonderful music into the mainstream. We still sometimes hear the question “Why have there been no great women composers?” The Women’s Philharmonic (a professional orchestra from 1981-2004) proved that was the wrong question to ask—instead the question is   Why are orchestras not performing more works by women?  Why are audiences not allowed to hear them?

 

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Composers You Should Know: Peggy Stuart Coolidge

This week marks the 104th birthday of American composer and conductor Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981). She began her career as a concert pianist, but turned to composition when a student at the New England Conservatory.  Though her early works are for piano, most of her compositions are for orchestra, including many tone poems, works for […]

Monday Link Round Up: July 17, 2017

News to start your week! In the ongoing discussion about inclusiveness and diversity, Anne Lanzilotti interviews composer and scholar Tara Rodgers about her music and work, including her book, Pink Noises: […]

Peggy Stuart Coolidge in Boston

This coming Wednesday the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will be kicking off the summer concert season at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. Their concert on July 19, titled Music for a […]

Composers You Should Know: Liza Lehmann

This week we are remembering the life and work of British composer and soprano Liza Lehmann (1862-1918).   Born into a privileged family, Lehmann was given the opportunity to study […]

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