Instrumental Women: Comparing Notes
The program also examines current obstacles in the world of classical music that don’t involve gender, but have more to do with time and the marketplace. As orchestras struggle to maintain ticket sales, modern composers - male and female - find it increasingly difficult to get their music played and heard.
Composers Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Augusta Read Thomas, and Judith Lang Zaimont join host Lauren Rico to discuss pressing questions facing the industry: Are audiences interested in new musical experiences? Is there a demand for new music when only the standards are programmed? Finally, is it even possible to make a living making music?
Instrumental Women: On Record
In Instrumental Women: On Record, host Lauren Rico shares rarely heard selections that were created by women from all over the world. Several historic works are complemented by pieces from more widely heralded contemporary composers.
Rico presents a wonderfully broad range of musicians and styles, from 18th-century artist Louise Duval to 20th-century educational pioneer Ruth Crawford Seeger and contemporary film composer Rachel Portman.
Ellen Taafe Zwillich, Conni Ellisor, and Mary Howe are among the other musicians featured on the program.
For over a dozen years, Lauren Rico has been able to combine her love of music with her passion for public radio. A longtime student of the French horn, Lauren holds a master's degree from George Mason University. She has worked at numerous radio stations in Tampa; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Lauren has been on the staff of Classical 24, Minnesota Public Radio's national classical music service, since 1999. She and Tasha, her miniature schnauzer, call St. Paul home.
At top (left to right): Amy Beach, Augusta Read Thomas, Ethyl Smyth, Judith Lang Zaimont, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Fanny Mendelssohn