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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: Pauline Viardot

This week we remember the life and work of Pauline Viardot (1821-1910).  A French composer, educator, and mezzo-soprano of Spanish descent, Viardot had an extensive performing and compositional career beginning at a young age. Lucky enough to find family support in her talents, her first music teachers were her parents who were both professional musicians. […]

Monday Link Round Up: July 24, 2017

News to start your week! BBC Radio 4’s “Behind the Scenes” looks at Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s work during her first year as Music Director of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  Listen […]

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 […]

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: […]

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