Classical 91.5

Joan Tower

For many composers, getting a piece played by a single American orchestra is a major coup. A repeat in another city is a rare victory; a third outing is a miracle. So it’s not clear what one should call the run that Joan Tower’s Made in America had in the early 2000s, when it was performed by more than 65 orchestras in all 50 states.

A lifelong champion of living composers, Tower became an advocate for women composers specifically, taking stands on granting panels and fighting for compatriots like Tania León and Jennifer Higdon.

Milwaukee Symphony wraps its season with a program that includes Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman. Read this article where this "uncommon woman" Joan Tower reflects on six decades in classical music.

I Care If You Listen

Formed in 2010, the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble is dedicated to commissioning and premiering new works for female, a cappella vocal quartet.  Hear them on the 9/30 broadcast.

Joan Tower's Made in America is presented on 3/19.  Learn more about Grammy-award winning contemporary classical composer and one of the most successful woman composers of all time, Joan Tower as she celebrated her 80th birthday in February 2018 with a celebration at her alma mater Bennington College.