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New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 Toasted at Reception at New-York Historical Society

Posted November 14, 2019

Women composers commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of Project 19

Pulitzer Prize–winning composers rubbed shoulders with journalists and sponsors at last night’s reception toasting Project 19 — the Philharmonic’s initiative to commission and premiere 19 new works by women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The reception took place at the New-York Historical Society, where guests met 12 Project 19 composers and explored the Society’s Women’s Voices digital instillation, revealing the hidden connections among exceptional and unknown women who left their mark on New York and the nation.

The photo above contains (left to right) Jessie Montgomery, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Joan Tower, Angélica Negrón, Joan La Barbara, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Tania León, Ellen Reid, Caroline Mallonee, and Paola Prestini. President and CEO Deborah Borda is at far right. (Not pictured: Project 19 composer Du Yun.)

The single largest women-only commissioning initiative in history, Project 19 launches in February 2020 with the premieres of the first six commissions. Visit for more information.

(Photo: Chris Lee)