Bread and Roses

Women in Classical Music

August 26th marks 100 years since women in America won the right to vote. This important milestone is the starting point for this special broadcast which looks at the achievements of women in music, set against historic, social, and political obstacles which have worked against female composers, conductors, and performers.

Andrea Blain takes an in-depth look at the ways in which women in music have had to fight for recognition, opportunities and rewards in the same way women fought for the vote. With music illustrations from the world of film, opera, orchestral, choral and chamber music, 'Bread and Roses: Women in Classical Music’ celebrates women and music, striving for equality (Bread) and artistry (Roses).


Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain was born and raised in the Midwest, but lived in Northern Ireland for years, working as a freelance musician, teacher and journalist. She joined the BBC, Belfast in 1998 and worked in various capacities in the areas of classical music, religion and ethics and current affairs. She plays violin, viola, piano, and organ and has an interest in folk and traditional music, music history and literature. She joined the classical music staff of Minnesota Public Radio in 2014 and broadcasts regularly on the C24 program, Music Through the Night.


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Preview audio available: July 29, 2020
Playlist Available: August 12, 2020
Promo spot available: August 12, 2020
Program and rundown available: August 12, 2020


Broadcast Window

August 12, 2020 - August 31, 2020, with multiple airings permitted.

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before September 1, 2020. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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