Feminine Fusion

July 16, 2017: The All-Woman Orchestra

Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm Orchestra

Phil Spitalny’s Hour of Charm Orchestra


“A band of women is never just a band.  It’s always excotic.”  – Roz Cron, former member of Ada Leonard’s All-American Girl Orchestra & The Sweethearts


“Swing Shift Maisies,” the musical version of Rosie the Riveter, had their heyday during World War II.  The return of the soldiers after the war saw the demise of the all-woman orchestra.  But we have seen new all-female orchestras arise again in the last several years, albeit for different reasons.  We’ll hear from a few of them on this episode.


“The All-Woman Orchestra”

Edvard Grieg:  Piano Concerto, from Song of Norway
Phil Spitalny and the Hour of Charm Orchestra
“The Hour of Charm Radio Broadcasts”
Old Time Radio Catalog

Maddalena Sirmen:  Violin Concerto No. 5
Terry Baune, violin
Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
“Baroquen Treasures”
Newport 60102

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Rachel Porter’s All Female Orchestra
“Mozart Performed with Feeling”
Orange Leisure

Nino Rota (arr. by Helmut Lipsky): La Dolce Vita de La Pietá
La Pietá; Angèle Dubeau, conductor
“Silence on Joue, Prise 2/Take 2”
Analekta 2 8743-4



Run time:  58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.

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