Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Extra! Extra! A Female Conductor To Lead Vienna Philharmonic!

An Australian woman has broken one of the world's last bastions of male domination by being named the first woman to conduct the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic orchestra.

Sydney born Simone Young will take the baton this Sunday, becoming the first female to conduct the 156-year-old orchestra.

The Vienna Philharmonic was ordered to accept women in 1997 if it wanted to continue getting state subsidies, but although technically open to female musicians it continued to keep them out by claiming aspiring female musicians were not up to standard.

Ms Young's appointment was welcomed in musical circles where the orchestra's male only policy was branded sexist and out of date.

Of the two concerts scheduled for November 12 and 13 in the Wiener Musikverein, the site of the famous new Year's concert, Ms Young will conduct Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide, Aaron Copland's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra and excerpts from Gustav Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Robert Schumann's Symphony Number Four."...

Source: AAR Seven News (Australia) "Aussie is Vienna's first woman conductor" November 9, 2005.

Funereal Sculpture of Peter I. Chaikovsky and Two Female Figures in the Tikhvin Cemetery (Тихвинское кладбище) located in the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, (St.) Petersburg, Russia.


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