America’s top orchestras pledge to play more music by living female composers

May 30, 2022, 3:28 p.m. | Updated: May 30, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Major American orchestras pledge to play more music by living female composers.

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Over the next few years, 30 major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, will commit to performing six new pieces, all written by women.

On Thursday, the League of American Orchestras announced that it would launch a new Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissioning Program.

Under the program, 30 leading ensembles will commit to playing new works by six female composers, with six orchestras leading the way in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons.

These six orchestras will premiere new works by these composers, and each composer has been paired with an ensemble.

These duos are Anna Clyne and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sarah Gibson and Sarasota Orchestra, Angel Lam and the Kansas City Symphony, Gity Razaz and the San Diego Symphony, Arlene Sierra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Wang Lu and the New York Philharmonic.

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The remaining 24 orchestras, which have not yet been announced, will give repeat performances of the composers’ works, meaning each composer will have their music performed five times by top orchestras during the 2022-23, 2023 seasons. -24 and 2024-25.

Previous iterations of the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Foundation’s Orchestral Commissioning Program have achieved impressive results, with 22 composers commissioned, 12 premieres completed, and more than 40 female composers enjoying career development since 2014.

Foundation Trustee Alexander C. Sanger said, “The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation is pleased to partner with the League of American Orchestras and the American Composers Orchestra to expand its program for commissioning new works. orchestral works by non-binary composers.

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“Our founder, Virginia B. Toulmin, was a strong believer in music and equality and fairness for women.

“Since our first grant to the League in 2012, the foundation has been at the forefront of supporting female composers and is the only performing arts foundation dedicated exclusively to the advancement and equal opportunity for female composers. female and non-binary creative artists. ”

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