The American Sound Celebrates Women Composers, 6 p.m. Saturday
Women have been around since the dawn of humankind, but it has only been since the establishment of, first, Women's History week, and later, Women's History Month in the 1980s that women's contributions have been formally recognized in the United States with their own designated period of reflection. Again this year, and by presidential proclamation, March is Women's History Month in America. And on Saturday evenings in March onÂ The American Sound,Â I am proud to showcase music by some of America's best contemporary composers - who also happen to be women. This Saturday at 6 p.m. tune in to hear selections from Maria Schneider's Grammy Award-winning Â Winter Morning Walks. A song cycle set to poetry of U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Schneider'sÂ Winter Morning WalksÂ has one foot in the world of jazz, the other foot in the world of classical music - and a heart for fleeting beauty and the poignancy of impermanence. Soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Australian Chamber Orchestra give voice to Schneider's music in their award-winning recording. Celebrate Women's History Month in March onÂ The American Sound, Saturdays at 6 p.m. on Classical 101.