Feminine Fusion

Oct 20-26, 2018: Stage and Screen, Part 2

Composer Laura Karpman

Composer Laura Karpman

“Don’t think of yourself as anything other than an equal.  Break down the doors.  It’s only doors.”  – Hans Zimmer


In 2016, women made up just 3% of composers working on the top 250 highest grossing films*.  And the Met was mounting its second opera composed by a woman – 103 years after the first one.  But women continue to make strides, with help from organizations like the Alliance for Women Film Composers and, yes, even the Met, which is commissioning two new operas, including one by Missy Mazzoli.

This week, we’ll hear just a sampling of compositions by women for stage and screen.


Stage and Screen


Laura Karpman: Inventing Tomorrow (excerpts)
“Inventing Tomorrow: Soundtrack”
Lakeshore Records

Lolita Ritmanis:  An Act of Love (excerpts)
“An Act of Love: Soundtrack”
La-La Land Records 1508241

Anne Dudley:  American History X (excerpts)
“American History X: Soundtrack”
EMI 56781

Jocelyn Pook:  Eyes Wide Shut (excerpts)
“Eyes Wide Shut: Soundtrack”
Warner Bros. 47450

Jennifer Higdon:  Cold Mountain (excerpts)
Santa Fe Opera Company
“Cold Mountain”
Pentatone 5186583

Paola Prestini:  Oceanic Verses (excerpts)
“Oceanic Verses”
VIA Records 002

Bora Yoon:  Sunken Cathedral (excerpts)
“Sunken Cathedral”
Innova 880


Run time:  58:29


* Source:  Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film


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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