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Classical Music
If you look at the listings of the major orchestras in America you will see two things in common; very few of them are programming major pieces by women composers, and almost none have a woman on the podium. Despite the abundance of wonderful compositions by women, the world of classical music has been, for centuries, a man’s world.

Evelyn Glennie - deaf percussionist creates new ears

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Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie lost her hearing at age 8, and taught herself to hear with other parts of her body, including her hands and feet. She performs internationally as a solo percussionist, including the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. In 2007 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire, and a Companion of Honour to the Queen in 2016. Listen to her perform Concerto in C major, RV 433, Movement 1 by Vivaldi.

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.