Feminine Fusion

October 23, 2016: Women Inspiring Men

Leila Josefowicz & John Adams

Leila Josefowicz & John Adams

“[Scheherazade] possessed courage, wit, and penetration.  She had read much, and had so admirable a memory, that she never forgot anything she had read.  She had successfully applied herself to philosophy, medicine, history, and the liberal arts; and her poetry excelled the compositions of the best writers of her time.”  – The Arabian Nights: The Frame Story


Composer John Adams thought he knew the story of the “Arabian Nights.”  But his view changed dramatically in 2013, when he visited an exhibition in Paris about the history of this work.  He began to consider the question, “What would a Scheherazade for our own time be like?” His answer: Scheherazade.2. Written for violinist Leila Josefowicz, whom Adams described as “the embodiment of his heroine as a fearless and empowered artist,” host Diane Jones brings you the complete work on this episode of Feminine Fusion.



“Women Inspiring Men”

John Adams: Scheherazade.2
Leila Josefowicz, violin
St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, cond.
Nonesuch 7559794351


Michael Nyman:  Tango for Tim
Elaine Funaro, harpsichord
“Overture to Orpheus: Music Written for the Women Who Gave Wing to the Muse”
Centaur CRC 2517


Run time:  58:36


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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