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Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz.
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Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz.

Updated July 18, 2024 at 10:29 AM ET

Updated July 18, 2024: Yet another recent study, the 2024 Donne report, gives orchestras worldwide poor grades when it comes to equity and diversity in the music they present. On this week’s playlist, hear tracks by a wide swath of women and composers of color who we should be hearing more of in our symphony halls -- from Unsuk Chin, Vijay Iyer and Gabriela Ortiz to Adolphus Hailstork, Jimmy López Bellido and Žibuoklė Martinaitytė.


Need a deep discovery experience? Try 1000 years of music in this playlist from NPR Classical's Tom Huizenga, which explores everything from new releases to old favorites, and classics from the dawn of the recording era. Our mantra: Bach, Beethoven, before and beyond.

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Tom Huizenga is a producer for NPR Music. He contributes a wide range of stories about classical music to NPR's news programs and is the classical music reviewer for All Things Considered. He appears regularly on NPR Music podcasts and founded NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence in 2010.