New York City’s premiere classical music station, WQXR, is presenting a 24-hour marathon of “Emerging Female Composers.” A poll that they ran in July asked listeners to suggest and then vote for a theme for the most recent installment of the series (The 24 on the 24th is a long running series).
When the votes came in, 50.9% of listeners voted to hear the voices of women.
The program will feature “emerging” female voices, to coincide with WQXR’s mission, and will be heard on August 24th with a repeat performance on August 28th. Though the music historian in me is a bit disappointed that historic voices won’t be represented, I’m thrilled that the program is happening, that the theme came from an audience poll, and that so many different women will be featured. Listeners are promised 24 hours of “distinct, no-repeats programming,” and are looking for input as to who should be included in the playlist. Visit the website to make your suggestion, and be sure to listen in on the 24th and 28th and support women’s voices!