New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 continues with virtual premieres, discussions, exhibit, poetry readings

Posted on: November 10, 2020

The New York Philharmonic’s ongoing commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, continues with free online events from November 9 to 12. These include a November 12 Facebook and YouTube rebroadcast of three of the orchestra’s commissioned Project 19 works—Nina C. Young’s Tread softly, Tania León’s Stride, and Ellen Reid’s When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist—led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden in February 2020. Other events inlcude “Now Is the Moment: Women’s Advancement in the Arts, Business, and Beyond,” a November 10 panel discussion with Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda; poetry readings on November 11 of four the nineteen poems co-commissioned by the Philharmonic and the Academy of American Poets; a November 9 audio broadcast of previous works by composers who are also in Project 19, Melinda Wagner (the Trombone Concerto, with Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi as soloist, 2007) and Joan Tower (Sequoia, 1982); and an archival exhibit entitled “Women Pioneers of the NY Phil,” about women who played pivotal roles in the orchestra’s history. Learn more at