by Dacia Clay
In celebration of Pride Month, Cornish College of the Arts musicologist Kerry O’Brien and early music specialist Byron Schenkman tell stories of LGBTQ+ classical artists from very different periods of music history. How do we talk about queer artists of the distant past when there was no such thing as being “out” yet? Is it possible (or useful) to identify what unique qualities LGBTQ+ artists have brought to classical music? And why is it important to talk about the stories of minority populations anyway?
Hear all of this—plus stories you may never have heard before about famous classical artists—in our audio interview with Kerry and Byron.
Audio engineering by Nikhil Sarma.