Random Access Music (RAM) has dedicated its 2019-2020 season, entitled "...we, the whole people," to honoring the centenary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended women's suffrage throughout the United States. Inspired by the pioneering women who achieved these freedoms, the season will feature music by female composers of the past 100 years.
In addition, new composer commissions on the theme of suffrage will be invited from current RAM composers, as well as composers and musicians from the broader community. RAM’s season title is drawn from Susan B. Anthony's speech following her arrest for voting in the 1872 presidential election: "It was... we, the whole people, who formed the union.”
RAM kicks off the new season with a Fall Benefit Concert on November 20th, 2019. Inspired by and to celebrate the pioneering women, this concert will feature music by Florence Price, noted as the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra, and RAM composer Frances White, whose music can be heard in this year’s Venice Biennale. The concert also includes the rarely performed “Concerto a Tre” by American composer Ingolf Dahl, and selections from Astor Piazzolla’s masterpiece, “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires." Come join us to celebrate today and at RAM events throughout the year!