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"It’s a mistake to see this as a battle for “wokeness” or representation. What matters is the music. Pop music would be a less vibrant place without Laurie Anderson. Björk, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Lizzo or Lorde. Similarly, classical music would be a lot less vibrant without Shaw, Ustvolskaya, [Carolyn] Quick, Monk, and all the rest. As this program demonstrates, femininity is complex."
"The Call for Scores for Songs for Quarantine asked classical composers to send us works written for singers that reflect on the crises that we have faced in 2020. Thematic topics included challenges of quarantine, social distancing, relationships, COVID-19 response, medical heroism, intergenerational concerns, racial issues, poverty, policing, and personal reflections."