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WCPE Honors Women’s History Month

TheClassicalStation.org Features Classical Females

Wake Forest, N.C. (March 6, 2015) —WCPE Membership Director Patricia Crane announces a celebration of Women’s History Month during March, 2015. The event honors female composers, conductors and performers in Classical Music.

“Lists of composers from the Medieval era through the Classical feature plenty of Johans, Antonios, and Josefs,” offers Crane, who is also a classical vocalist. “There are almost no Jeannes, Antonias, or Josephines.”

This trend changed in the Romantic era, when more women found critical and commercial acclaim as composers. As educational opportunities increased, women were able to fully develop their musical talents. They found success in the popular and Classical music of the nineteenth century not only as performers but also as composers, and their ranks continue to grow today.

Some featured composers and their works include:

Louise Farrenc (1804–1875)
Monday, March 9, at 1:00 p.m.

Piano Quintet no. 1 in A Minor, op. 30
March 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Clarinet Trio in E-flat
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel

E-flat on March 1 at 1:00 p.m
Piano Trio in D on March 13 at 3:00 p.m.

Clara Schumann, Three Preludes and Fugues, op. 16, on March 3 at noon
Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 7, on March 30 at 2:00 p.m.

“In addition to pieces by Farrenc, Schumann, and Mendelsohn-Hensel, we will play works by many living female composers,” continues Crane.

Listen for Barbara Harbach’s Jubilee Symphony on March 10 at 7:00 p.m. and her Sinfonietta on March 30 at 10:00 p.m. If you enjoy our Wavelengths program, tune in for Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral on March 29 at 9:00 p.m. Also, we’ll have pieces by Joan Tower (March 8), Nancy Van de Vate (March 11), Elena Ruehr (March 15), and Valerie Coleman (March 22), among many others.

About WCPE:

With a 36 plus year history, WCPE 89.7 FM is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music broadcasting. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Big and small dish home satellite transmissions serve North America. Other radio stations and cable television systems use these services to rebroadcast Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. For more information, visit www.TheClassicalStation.org or call 919-556-5178.

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