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IN PRAISE OF WOMAN - 2012 - THIS MARCH ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES AND AVANT-GARDE EDITION
Every March from 2004, in observance of Women’s History Month, Classical Discoveries pays tribute to music by women composers from all over the world and through the centuries. Every regular scheduled program (that includes the new Avant-Garde Edition starting in 2009) is exclusively devoted to their music.

This March please check the weekly posting for highlights and upcoming features.

The first two shows of the series will air Wednesday, March 07, 2012 and will be devoted to American Women composers.

On March 14, Classical Discoveries will host live, in the WPRB studio, Cuban composer Tania León

On March 21, Classical Discoveries will host live, in the WPRB studio, English composer Roxanna Panufnik

To find past playlists of the annual series and other programs devoted to music by women composers go to
IN PRAISE OF WOMAN page and Playlists for 2010

To continue this celebration, Weekly Art Gallery will feature only women artists


Picture of miniature painting from Hasht-Behesht palace, Isfahan, Iran, from 1669

 

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES  - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN  -  PART 7
Mother by Iwona Altmajer at: http://www.myspace.com/iwona_altmajer

Wednesday, March 28, 2012  from 5:30 till 11:00am

Classical Discoveries will present the ninth program in the annual series of In Praise of Woman - devoted to music written by women. 

You will hear: Introduction and Three Folksongs from Canada Mosaic by Canadian Composer, Jean Coulthard (1908-2000), Symphony No. 4: A Moving Shadow by Israeli Composer, Tsippi Fleischer (1946- ), Partita for String Orchestra and Piano by Czech Composer, Vitezslava Kapralova (1915-1940), , Rock Concerto by New Zealand Composer, Jenny McLeod (1941-), Concerto for Six by Lithuanian Composer, Raminta Šerkšnytė (1975- ), Rituals for five Percussionists and Orchestra by American Composer, Ellen Taffe Zwilich (1939- ), plus music by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Ana Milosavljevic, Sevda Ibrahimova, Carol Shortis, Ann Southam and many others

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES GOES AVANT-GARDE  - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN -  PART 8
Wednesday, March 28, 2012  from 11:0am till 1:00pm

Classical Discoveries Goes Avant-Garde will present the last program of the annual series In Praise of Woman - devoted to more modern and electronic music written by women. 

You will hear: Rocana by Korean Composer, Unsuk Chin (1961- ), Trilhas de Sombra by American Composer, Ann Millikan (1963- ), Early that Summer by American Composer, Julia Wolfe (1958- ), plus music by Marketa Dvorakova, Adriana Holszky and much more

  Reva - Relief - by Maroulla at: www.maroulla.com/

 

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES  AND AVANT-GARDE EDITION - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN  -  PART 5 AND PART 6
My Neighborhood - by Lesley Mitchell at: www.lesleymitchell.com/

Wednesday, March 21, 2012  from 5:30 till 9:30am

Classical Discoveries and the Avant-Garde Edition will present the fifth and sixth parts of In Praise of Woman  and at 9:30 until 12:00pm will host live, in the WPRB studio, English composer Roxanna Panufnik as part of the annual series of programs devoted to music written by women. 

You will hear:  Poeme for Cello and Orchestra by Dutch composer, Henriette Bosmans (1895-1952), Verlaine Suite by Norwegian Composer, Pauline Hall (1890-1969), Concerto for Orchestra by Russian Composer, Alexandra Pakhmutova (1929- ), Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Symphony No. 2)(2004) by English Composer, Susie Self (1957- ), Strange Quartet for String Quartet (2006) by South African Composer, Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph (1948- ), plus music by Katherine Hoover, Berthe di Vito-Delvaux, Elinor Remick Warren and many others

At 12 till 1:00 program will continue with more Avant-Garde works.Featured will be The Lyre of Orpheus (2006) by Russian Composer, Sofia Gubaidulina (1931- ) plus music by Svjetlana Burvich-Nichols, Kaija Saariaho and others

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES  - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN  -  ROXANNA PANUFNIK
Wednesday, March 21, 2012  from 9:30 till 12:00pm

Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK's most popular and loved composers whose works have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences everywhere. Since studying composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, Panufnik's since written a wide range of pieces including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television which are regularly performed all over the world.


Among her most widely given works are Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir on the occasion of Cardinal Hume's 75th birthday; The Music Programme, an opera for Polish National Opera's millennium season which received its UK premiere at the BOC Covent Garden Festival; and settings for solo voices and orchestra of Vikram Seth's Beastly Tales - the first of which was commissioned by the BBC for Patricia Rozario and City of London Sinfonia.


Other recent compositions include the critically acclaimed harp concerto Powers & Dominions; Letters from Burma for oboist Douglas Boyd and the Vellinger String Quartet; Leda, a ballet for English National Ballet and Wratislavia Cantans and Abraham - a violin concerto commissioned by Savannah Music Festival for Daniel Hope, incorporating Christian, Islamic and Jewish music. This last work was converted into an overture, commissioned by the World Orchestra for Peace and premiered in Jerusalem under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Panufnik's compositions have been recorded by many companies including Warner Classics and EMI Classics.

Roxanna Panufnik by Keith Saunders

  Mother and Child by Azerbaijani Artist Tatyana Aghababayeva (top) and Sabina Aliyeva (bottom) at: AZgallery.org

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES  - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN  -  PART 3
Self-portrait - by Iwona Altmajer at: http://www.myspace.com/iwona_altmajer Wednesday, March 14, 2012  from 5:30 till 10:30am

Classical Discoveries will present the third part of In Praise of Woman - a series of Annual programs devoted to music written by women.

You will hear Psalm CXVII: Domine exaudi orationem meam by Italian Composer, Antonia Bembo (c. 1640-c. 1720), Magikion, Concerto for Oboe and Strings by Czech Composer, Sylvie Bodorova (1954- ), Quattro by German Composer, Dorothee Eberhardt (1952- ), Letters from Morocco by Australian/American Composer, Peggy Glanville-Hicks(1912-1990), Kant by Ukranian, Estonian Composer, Galina Grigorjeva (1962- ), Piano Concerto No. 2 in E minor by Russian Composer, Zara Levina (1906-1976), Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra by English Composer, Elizabeth Maconchy(1907-1994), Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly by Canadian Composer, Kelly-Marie Murphy (1964- ), plus music by:

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Becky Llewellyn, Victoria Poleva, Weronika Ratusinska, Elizabeth Walton Vercoe, Rain Worthington and many others

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES  - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN  -  PART 4
Wednesday, March 14, 2012  from 10:30 till 1:00pm

Classical Discoveries will will host live, in the WPRB studio, Cuban composer Tania León, as part of the annual series of programs devoted to music written by women. 

Tania León, (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer and conductor and recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. She has been profiled on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, and independent films.

Commissions include works for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Koussevitzky Foundation, Fest der Kontinente (Hamburg, Germany), Cincinnati Symphony, NEA, NDR Sinfonie Orchester, American Composers Orchestra, The Library of Congress, Ensemble Modern, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

Her works have been performed by such orchestras as the Gewaundhausorchester, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the China National Symphony, and the NDR Orchestra. She has collaborated with authors and directors including John Ashbury, Margaret Atwood, Rita Dove, Jamaica Kincaid, Mark Lamos, Julie Taymor, and Derek Walcott.

A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the Sonidos de las Américas festivals with the American Composers Orchestra, and the Composers — Now festival in New York City. She has also served as Latin American Advisor to the American Composers Orchestra and New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic. for more information go to: http://www.tanialeon.com/bio.html

  Ledeva - by Maroulla at: www.maroulla.com/

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES  - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN  -  PART 1
Serenismo Serenismo-Relief - by Maroulla at: www.maroulla.com/

This Wednesday, March 07, 2012  from 5:30 till 11:00am

Classical Discoveries will present the first of a series of Annual programs devoted to music written by woman and will focus on American composers.

On this edition you will hear:

Revelations for Chamber Orchestra (2011) by Jennifer Castellano (1981- ), Two Jades for Violin and Symphony Band (2011) by Kristin Kuster (1973- ), String Quartet No. 1 by Nancy Galbraith (1951- ), Seven for piano trio by Stacy Garrop(1969- ), Marimba Concerto: After Hampton by Libby Larsen (1950- ), Soundings for Wind Ensemble by Cindy McTee (1953- ), Concerto for Piano, Violas, 'Cellos, and 'Basses by Marga Richter (1926- )

plus music by Beth Anderson, Emma Lou Diemer, Elaine Fine, Barbara Harbach, Amanda Harberg, Elena Ruehr, Ruth Shaw Wylie, Marilyn J. Ziffrin and many others

WEDNESDAY ON CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES GOES AVANT-GARDE  - IN PRAISE OF WOMAN -  PART 2

Wednesday, March 07, 2012  from 11:00am till 1:00pm

On the second program of In Praise of Woman (Avant-Garde Edition) you will continue to hear works by American composers.

Some selections will include:

Wilderness Symphony by Elizabeth Austin (1938- ), Veils for Chamber Orchestra by Marilyn Bliss (1954- ), Ritmos Anchinos for pipa, sheng and string quartet by Gabriela Lena Frank (1972- ), plus music by Gloria Coates, Pauline Oliveros and much more

Hydrangea Woman by Lesley Mitchell at: www.lesleymitchell.com/