Women in MusicIt was encouraging to read James Roos...


May 27, 1994

Women in Music

It was encouraging to read James Roos' nationally syndicated May 20 article, "Women have a hand in classical music,"

Women are finally beginning to be more widely recognized for their accomplishments as composers and conductors of classical music. As a point of interest, the two conductors pictured in the article are known to Baltimore audiences.

Catherine Comet was formerly the associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Kate Tamarkin was the conductor of the Women Composers Orchestra during its 1988-1989 season.

Your readers may be surprised to know that there are currently many women conductors in Maryland: Gisele Ben-Dor with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra; Frances M. Dawson with the Columbia Pro Contara; Cathy L. Ferguson, the Columbia Orchestra; Ann Harrigan, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra; Kerry Krebill, Musikaten, and Shirley Mathews, Pro Musica Rara.

Maryland and the entire mid-Atlantic region are fortunate to have these gifted women.

Mr. Roos mentioned that several women's organizations are "digging up forgotten compositions by women." Baltimore's Women Composers Orchestra is one of just a handful of such groups.

Founded in 1985, the WCO is dedicated to the performance, inspiration and promotion of music composed by women, bringing to audiences the richness and variety of women composers from the 18th century through the present . . .

Those who are interested in learning more about this subject are encouraged to get in touch with us at 323-7578 or FAX 323-6031.

M. Elizabeth Scott


The writer is board president, Women Composers Orchestra.

Finger Food

Mary Corey's May 13 article mentioned (perhaps disparagingly) that Barbra Streisand ate Caesar salad with her fingers while in the District of Columbia recently.

Ms. Streisand (no surprise) actually seems to be "in the know." This salad, when first created in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico, by Caesar Cardini, was intended -- and eaten -- as a finger food.

Mr. Cardini used only whole, long-stemmed romaine lettuce in his creation, stalks that lent themselves to being picked up.

Most restaurants now render Caesar salad with leaf or chopped lettuce.

The only restaurant in Baltimore, to my knowledge, where one can eat a traditional, romaine stalk Caesar salad, sans utensils, is the super-elegant Hampton's at Harbor Court.

Certainly, a far cry from the famous salad's Tijuana settings.

Thomas Hicks


Minority Hiring

In The Sun May 20 there appeared an article criticizing Rep. Helen Bentley, R-Md., for being below the congressional average for minority hiring.

In this same article it was stated that Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., has 15 minorities on his staff of 18; also stated was the fact that Albert Wynn, D-Md., also black, has 12 minorities on his staff of 16.

Why then should either of these gentlemen be so concerned over Ms. Bentley's staff, when they follow the same policy albeit in reverse?

E. M. Fritz

Ocean City

Bridge to Asia

With the opening of the Chunnel, the British and French have accomplished far more than a magnificent engineering feat. They have bridged centuries of isolationism and mistrust between nations, leaving a legacy far greater than the outcome of European wars.

Now is the time for the United States to accomplish a still greater feat of civil engineering, the bridging of North America and Asia via the 50 mile Bering Strait.

The distance between continents across Little Diomede Island is short, the mean water depth only 200 feet or so.

During the Ice Age, that land bridge was used by hunters to cross into North America, populating the Americas with the Indians later discovered by Columbus.

The area is in an earthquake region, but this country has proven many times before it can overcome engineering challenges. Anyone standing on Hoover Dam can see the American engineering spirit at work, a skill for which we are still respected by the Japanese and the world. It can be done.

No endeavor could better signal to the peoples in the former Soviet Union that their future is permanently linked to the world, that isolationism is a dead end for those yearning for a better life.

The commerce which would flow by rail and truck across this bridge would transform the economies of the CIS nations from Siberia to west of the Urals. Oil could be piped rather than shipped by sea, eliminating major oil spills.

As the British and French have shown the way, let us literally bridge centuries of mistrust and bridge the Bering strait.

Lee Clark


How To Avoid a North Korean Holocaust

In August 1981 at Eastern College, St. Davids, Pa., during the annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, I gave the paper, ''Mathematical Philosophy -- Status Report I.'' In this paper I made the following statement relative to dialectic controlled political systems such as Marxism or communism:

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