Celebrating the Music of Gay and Lesbian Composers
Sunday June 28, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots around Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn, the night that galvanized the Gay Rights Movement. To mark the occasion, Evening Music celebrates the significant contributions by gay and lesbian composers to classical and contemporary music. And what contributions! The list of composers across the centuries who embraced alternative notions of sexuality is staggering: Franz Schubert, Aaron Copland, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Barber, Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem and many many more. Host David Garland and special guest host Nadia Sirota share this beautiful music in context from Thursday through the anniversary evening Sunday.
Nico Muhly, Alex Ross and Ann Powers
Thursday June 25th, 2009
WNYC Overnight Host and omnipresent new music performer Nadia Sirota hosts a special edition of Evening Music, featuring a broad, multi-century selection of music by gay and lesbian composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Franz Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, and many more. Composer Nico Muhly joins Nadia early in the show to explore coded homosexuality in music, and later on in the evening, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross and LA Times pop music critic Ann Powers discuss homosexuality in classical and pop music.
Friday June 26th, 2009
Gay and Lesbian Composers
Saturday June 27, 2009
Host David Garland explores issues of sexuality in the lives of some of our prominent American composers, as we listen to music from Billy Strayhorn, Lou Harrison, Cole Porter and the complete orchestral suite from Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid.
Gretchen Phillips and Kenny Mellman
Sunday June 28th, 2009