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Illinois Symphony Starts Season With Fanfare For The Uncommon Woman

Ken Lam in action
Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra begins its season Friday evening at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Ken Lam has begun his second season as music director by programming the Joan Tower work, "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman."

Tower started composing in the 1960s in an era when it was difficult to be a female composer. She is one of the first women in the contemporary era to find her own voice in classical music. Lam tells us how he views that voice.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.