The New York Philharmonic Launches Project 19 to Celebrate Female Composers
This commissioning initiative will premiere works by 19 women composers over several seasons, with events beginning February 5.
On a November evening, New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda stood in the Women’s Voices exhibition in the New-York Historical Society. Surrounded by profiles of the likes of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sonia Sotomayor, and Edith Wharton, Borda pointed to a watershed moment in women’s history while announcing its vibrant musical salute.
“Think about this tectonic shift in American culture: it was only 100 years ago that women were allowed the right to vote after the ratification of the 19th Amendment—and I must qualify that only white women were allowed to vote,” she said. She then introduced Project 19. Through this initiative, the single largest commissioning program ever undertaken to celebrate women, the New York Philharmonic is premiering works by 19 female composers over the course of several seasons. The performances begin this month.
“As one of the leading orchestras in America, it is the New York Philharmonic’s responsibility, and our joy, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American women’s right to vote with this vast commissioning project,” said Music Director Jaap van Zweden.