Feminine Fusion

October 8, 2017: Taking Their Places

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (photo by Scott Ferguson)

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
(photo by Scott Ferguson)

“I don’t think I’ve ever been taught something because I’m a girl, nor not taught because I’m a girl.  That’s because of people like Susan [Slaughter].”  – Karin Bliznik, Principal Trumpet, SLSO


Since the 1960s, professional orchestras have become steadily more gender balanced.  Nowadays, there is almost a 50/50 ratio of women to men behind the music stands.  And the technical agility of the ensembles overall has improved, not so much as a result of the increased presence of women, but rather because musicians are being judged on their performance instead of their gender.


“Taking Their Places”

Benjamin Britten:  Dies Irae, from Sinfonia da Requiem
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; André Previn, conductor
“The Red Pony/Sinfonia Da Requiem”
Columbia Masterworks 6583

John Adams:  City Noir
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; David Robertson, conductor
“John Adams: City Noir”
Nonesuch 541356-2

Anton Bruckner:  Scherzo, from Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Riccardo Muti, conductor
“Bruckner 9”
CSO Recordings 901-1701



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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