Special Spotlight Helps Kick Off New Initiative to Elevate the Work of Women Composers

(New York, NY – March 8, 2019) – Today, WQXR – New York’s all classical music station – launches a 24-hour marathon of all-women composers in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The marathon will feature more than 100 unique pieces in the classical repertoire that were written by 60 different women composers – including Louise Farrenc, Florence Price, Jacquet de la Guerre, Doreen Carwithen, and Isabella Leonarda – and will kick off WQXR’s new initiative to increase the number of works written by women that will be played on-air over the next twelve months.

The initiative was developed in response to the station’s discovery that just 4.4% of its vast music database consisted of works written by women composers. Moving forward, WQXR is committing to measurably increasing the number of women composers in its library, and is calling on other classical music stations to do the same.

“Classical music stations – free and available to all – have a responsibility to broaden the canon and share this lesser known and underappreciated music with a wider audience,” said Shannon Connolly, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music at New York Public Radio. “For the last three years, we have been working on adding selections to our library, and while International Women’s Day will be the starting point to put an increased spotlight on these great treasures, we want the work of women composers to be heard and experienced side-by-side on an ongoing basis with the work of their male counterparts.”

On International Women’s Day 2020, WQXR will offer an update on its progress.

The marathon is available at WQXR 105.9 FM and via live stream at www.wqxr.org.


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