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It started with the discovery of a notice for a three-day music festival in 1925 in Washington D.C.: a festival featuring all women composers. Pianist Dr. Joanna Goldstein’s new album, Nasty Women, is a collection of, largely, unknown women composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Listen to my conversation with Dr. Goldstein about the lives and careers of these important American composers.

What I found out is that these women were really well-trained; educated at Peabody, the Cincinnati Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Juilliard; and studied, of course with Nadia Boulanger as did most other well-known composers at the time. Yet, they were not really being played anymore, and the confluence of that also coming five years after the 19th Amendment where women finally got the vote, getting their political voice. And I thought oh, okay, so here they are expressing their artistic voice.

– Dr. Joanna Goldstein

Daniel Gilliam is weekday afternoon host (1-5pm) and program director at 90.5 WUOL, and director of radio for Louisville Public Media. Daniel Gilliam, program director, afternoon host 1-5p (director of radio, Louisville Public Media) has a multi-faceted role at Louisville Public Media, overseeing 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville, audience metrics, and behind-the-scenes production work at Louisville Public Media. From 2010-2012 he was program director of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He hosted and produced the award-winning series African American Voices, he’s the host for Louisville Orchestra concert talks, and a composer.