Gender Politics and Classical Music, cont.
September 28, 2011
There are landmarks that we might even forget to look for. When the Boston Symphony begins its new season this weekend, they will have their first female brass player. After 131 years.
We became accustomed to blind prejudice against the sex in Berlin and Vienna, where there was an out-and-out fight to keep two of the world’s premiere orchestras all-male, but there must surely have long been qualified female horn players before young Rachel Childers came along to break one more barrier that, in today’s employment market, is far from being merely symbolic.