Anne Midgette was the first woman to review classical music for the New York Time on a regular basis, and is now the classical music critic for the Washington Post. On Thursday's Performance Today, special guest Anne Midgette joins us for music and conversation about the role women have played in classical music.
When Mei-Ann Chen auditioned for the Chicago Sinfonietta's conductor position, she was asked to pick one piece of music for a concert. She chose music by Chinese-Canadian composer An-lun Huang. On Wednesday's episode of Performance Today, Mei-Ann Chen leads the Chicago Sinfonietta in a live concert recording of Saibei Dance, by An-lun Huang.
We recently started tracking how many pieces of music on our program were composed by, performed by or conducted by women. The numbers made it clear: women are underrepresented. Performance Today wants to change that.
Come match wits with Bruce Adolphe - now you can play the Piano Puzzler anytime, anywhere! Every week, we're putting a sneak peek of the upcoming Puzzler online; have a listen, and then send us your best guess.
Mei-Ann Chen is one of the very few female conductors leading an American orchestra. She has helped to establish the Chicago Sinfonietta as the the nation's most diverse orchestra. Performance Today host Fred Child sat down with Mei-Ann Chen to learn how this once-shy violinist became a cutting-edge leader.
Who was the first black person to compose an opera that was performed on national television? Who was the first African-American to write an opera that was successfully brought to the stage? Who wrote music for the first Broadway show to feature a racially integrated cast. The answers to these questions and other fascinating artists can be found in our survey of important black figures in classical music.