Monthly Archives: February, 2021

S5-26: Women of Color: Composers, Part 3

Published - February 27, 2021

“It’s surprising to see how well Schoenberg and funk can sit side by side at the symphony.” – Nkeiru Okoye This episode turns once again to composers of color.  From the UK, to Cuba, to an opera firmly rooted in US history, each of these women brings their unique voice to the music they create.   Women of Color: Composers, Part 3   Shirley J. Thompson:  Random Sequences, from Life Sequences Electric Voice Theatre “Minerva Scientifica – The Franklin Effect” First Hand Records 51 Hannah Kendall:  The Spark Catchers Chineke! Orchestra; Kevin John Edusei, conductor “Spark Catchers” NMC 250 Eleanor Alberga: 

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S5-25: All Together Now, Part 2

Published - February 20, 2021

“People are always good company when they are doing what they enjoy.”  – Samuel Butler Never underestimate the power of women working together!  This week we’ll take a listen to performances from all-female ensembles.  Included are performances from a Cuban orchestra, a Norwegian brass ensemble, and a very contemporary American string quartet.   All Together Now, Part 2 Traditional:  Cañambú Camerata Romeu; Zenaida Romeu, conductor “Cuba Mía: Soundtrack” Arkadia 73002 Franz Schubert:  Piano Trio in B-flat Major, “Sonatensatz” Trio Vivente “Schubert: Piano Trios” EigenArt 35DIG Astor Piazzolla:  Winter, from Four Seasons in Buenos Aires tenThing “10” EMI Classics / Warner Classics  5099908832 Michael

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S5-24: One Life – Ethel Smyth

Published - February 13, 2021

“[Smyth is] one of the few women composers whom one can seriously consider to be achieving something valuable in the field of musical creation.”  – P.I. Tchaikovsky Headstrong and independent, Dame Ethel Smyth led a life that included music, fighting for women’s rights, and working in a WWI hospital in France.  This episode takes a look at her life, her achievements, and her music.   One Life: Ethel Smyth   Two Interlinked French Melodies City of Prague Philharmonic; Gavin Sutherland, conductor “Entente Cordiale” White Line 2014 Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, Op. 1 (excerpts) Mannheim String

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S5-23: Women of Color – Leaders, Part 3

Published - February 6, 2021

“People can’t be what they can’t see.  Representation matters.”  – Kalena Bovell, conductor There are many ways to inspire young musicians.  Just performing, being a visible example of what is achievable, can be more influential than you may realize.  And of course, being an educator has a direct impact on others.  Not to mention arts organizers and leaders in advocacy organizations.  This episode highlights women of color who are leaders, in a myriad of roles, providing guidance and inspiration to others along their way.   Women of Color – Leaders, Part 3   Zenobia Powell Perry:  Cycle of Songs on

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