Feminine Fusion

S5-44: Celebrating Independence


“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

Independence Day.  The day the founders declared the start of a new nation, and a new philosophy that would one day mark us as global leader.  Part of what marks now, as it did then, was the diversity in our population.  On this episode we have music from American women that highlights the path we have travelled thus far – and shines a light on the path that lies ahead.  These works range from the frontier, to the busy streets of New York City.


“Celebrating Independence”

Henri Duparc:  La vie antérieure
Barbara Hendricks, soprano
Lyon Opera Orchestra; Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
“Orchestral Songs”
EMI Classics 49689

Victoria Bond:  The Indispensable Man: A Portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet; David Holloway, narrator
Chicago College of the Performing Arts Wind Ensemble; Stephen Squires, conductor
“Soul of a Nation”
Albany 1723


Barbara Harbach: American Solstice
Ensemble Istropolis
“Music of Barbara Harbach: Chamber Music I”
MSR Classics 1253

Linda Robbins Coleman:  For A Beautiful Land
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra; Ruben Blundell, conductor
“American Discoveries”
New Focus Recordings 286

Jessie Montgomery:  Coincident Dances
Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
“Project W”
Cedille 90000 185


Run time: 58:29

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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