As we close out the month of June, I want to share a project that we’ve started here at the Boise Phil that reflects on classical music’s past with the goal of busting down stereotypes, expanding our musical experiences and making visible the people who are part of classical music history (even if you didn’t learn about them in your music history class).
The project is called: #HaveYouHeard
#HaveYouHeard introduces us to composers and their works that due to racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and other biases have kept their voices and stories out of our concert halls and the canon of repertoire that we know and love.
Why is this important? It matters to us because throughout history people from all walks of life have shaped classical music and we want to make visible their contributions and to highlight the excellence that exists beyond what most of us know in the classical music canon. We want people who have historically been marginalized to feel empowered, seen and valued.
This week’s #HaveYouHeard playlist will focus on American composers from the LGBTQ+ community in honor of both Pride and Independence Day. From the quintessential American sounds of Bernstein and Barber to modern mavericks like Julius Eastman and Alex Temple – the LGBTQ+ community has played a critical role in shaping classical music in our country.
Click here to listen to the American Pride Playlist on Spotify
American Pride Playlist
Leonard Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Chrysanthe Tan: Bundle of Joy
Mari Ésabel Valverde: Darest, O Soul
Samuel Barber: Summer Music, Op. 31
Alex Temple: It’s Hard Even to Say It
Julius Eastman: Fugue No. 7
Nico Muhly: Four Studies: II. Fast Canons
Jennifer Higdon: All Things Majestic: I. Teton Range
John Corigliano: Symphony No. 1: IV. Epilogue