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First Ladies of Music

The WFMT Radio Network and the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University of Boston are pleased to present a second installment of the award-winning First Ladies of Music, hosted by Virginia Eskin, internationally renowned pianist and Visting Artist in the Department of Music at Northeastern University.

In this new thirteen week, one-hour series, we'll follow the history of first ladies in music, compare styles between men and women, and explore the reasons for women who compose or perform, taking into account that women did not universally receive attention, acceptance or encouragement. We'll begin with an overview and historically work our way down from Greek Divas to Music of the Salon, European Women Composers of the 19th Century, Pioneer Pianists, American Women in the early years, the Conductors, the Holocaust, Impressionism and Ragtime, Women of the 1930s, Jazz and Performance Artists and ending with Women of the Orchestra.

Virginia Eskin has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. She has made over 20 recordings, including works by American composers Amy Beach, Arthur Footè, Rebecca Clarke and George Chadwick. She is on the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston, and has lectured at universities throughout the United States. She's also a regular pre-concert lecturer for the Bank Boston Celebrity Series Orchestra, as well as a regular guest on Morning Pro Musica (WGBH).

In recognition of her contributions to women's music, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Keene State College, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Lotos CLub, of New York. The First Ladies of Music radio series received the 2007 Clarion Award for Best Radio Documentary Series.

These programs are made possible through the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University and special thanks goes to Alice Abraham, librarian at WGBH, Boston.

Northeastern University, located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, is a world leader in practice-oriented education and recognized for its expert faculty and first-rate academic and research facilities. Northeastern integrates challenging liberal arts and professional studies with the nation's largest co-operative education program. Through co-op, Northeastern undergraduates alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, giving them nearly two years of professional experience upon graduation. The arts at Northeastern University are a thriving and vital part of the College of Arts & Sciences. Specialized training is provided in the areas of art, architecture, music and theater within the broader framework of a superb liberal arts education. Cited for excellence four years running by U.S. News & World Report, Northeastern has quickly moved up into the top tier rankings — an impressive 35 spots in four years. In addition, Northeastern was named a top college in the 2006 edition of the Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" issue.

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