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Classical Music

Blanche Bloch

Blanche Bloch helped open new opportunities for women in music as both a founding member and conductor of the New York Women’s Orchestra.

Marion Eugénie Bauer

A modernist composer who experimented with dissonance, serialism, and complex harmonies, Marion Eugénie Bauer also made strides for women through her musical scholarship that revived interest in female composers.

Ora Bat-Chaim

A largely self-taught musician, Ora Bat Chaim had a thriving career as a cellist and concert manager before becoming a prolific composer in her late fifties.

Rosina Lhévinne

Rosina Lhévinne preferred to keep her husband in the limelight, but her talents as a pianist and a teacher of some of the most famous musicians of her time made her noteworthy in her own right.

Bernice Mossafer Rind

A child virtuoso on harp and long-standing champion of the Seattle Symphony, Bernice Rind’s musical career began at age seven. At age 11 she debuted professionally and retired from touring at age 23 when her mother grew ill and Bernice longed for a more "normal" life. A Seattle native whose parents emigrated from the Isle of Rhodes, she attended both Ezra Bessaroth Congregation (Sephardic) cofounded by her father, and the Ashkenazic Reform synagogue, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, (co-founded by the Rind family).

83-year-old Rosina Lhevinne performs with the New York Philharmonic

January 20, 1963

Rosina Bessie Lhevinne debuted at age 15 at the Moscow Conservatory, playing Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.” At age 83, after a lifetime of war, migration and inspired teaching, she performed it again with the New York Philharmonic.

Birth of musician, writer, journalist, Eugenia Zukerman

September 25, 1944

Eugenia Zukerman, multitalented flutist, author, and journalist, was born.

Death of early music pioneer Wanda Landowska

August 16, 1959

Harpsichordist and composer Wanda Landowska, who was credited with the 20th-century revival of harpsichord music, died.

Birth of opera singer Roberta Peters

May 4, 1930

Birth of Metropolitan opera soprano Roberta Peters.

Shulamit Ran's "Verticals" premieres

March 2, 1983

Shulamit Ran's "Verticals," a composition for solo piano, was premiered by pianist Alan Feinberg in a performance at New York's Merkin Concert Hall.

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