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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Mezzo Kimberly Barber to co-host Women In Music Radio Series

Mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber to co-host Women In Music Radio Series
 On FM 98.5 CKWR

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (May 5, 2015) — The Women in Music radio series, now having given over 216 broadcasts on FM 98.5 CKWR, introduces a new feature on the first Monday of each month, co-hosted by mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber. The first show in this new format will be broadcast September 7, 2015 from 9-11 pm. The series, which has attracted a wide international audience, has been produced and hosted by Tom Quick since 2008.   
“I’ve been contacted by women composers, vocalists and instrumentalists from all over the world, including Argentina, Australia, Europe and the UK, as well as North America. There is a lot of great music being written and performed by women and not being played on the radio,” says host Tom Quick.

Putting a special local and national emphasis on the show, co-host mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber, who has a storied international performing career (she is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her professional debut this season), is also on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University where she teaches voice and coordinates the Opera program. Ms. Barber intends to introduce Women in Music audiences to her favourite recordings, relating interesting background and anecdotes about performers and composers of choice. She’ll provide a personal take on many of Canada’s finest female classical vocal and instrumental artists, introduce audiences to the enduring recorded legacy of female singers and instrumentalists while championing women composers both Canadian and international. Plans for upcoming shows include:

   An Introduction to Kimberly Barber—featuring recordings of the artist herself as well as performances of many of her colleagues and inspirations, including mezzos Frederica von Stade and Lorraine Hunt and composer Libby Larsen

   Women in Music at Laurier—recordings by Laurier music faculty members, alumni and guest artists: Jane Archibald, Allyson McHardy, Anya Alexeyev, Janina Fialkowska, Christine Vlajk of the Penderecki String Quartet and many others

   Canadian Songstresses, featuring performances by an illustrious list of the Grandes Dames of Canadian Song, including Maureen Forrester (Laurier’s Chancellor from 1986-1990), Lois Marshall, Adrianne Pieczonka, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and many more

Quick started the Women in Music radio series, which showcases the talents of female composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, in March 2008. During this time, he has featured the works of Czech composer and conductor Vítězslava Kaprálová, internationally acclaimed Chinese-American pianist Wu Han, the young and dynamic Canadian cellist Denise Djokic, Canadian violinist Lara St. John, internationally renowned American soprano Raya Gonen and Heather Schmidt, one of Canada’s most celebrated composers and pianists – to name just a few.

“What’s so impressive about women in music today is not only their international prominence, but they are involved in a wide-range of activities, including concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, artistic director and cultural entrepreneur,” says Quick. “They are musical powerhouses.”

The Women in Music radio series started out as a monthly feature, then became a bi-monthly feature given its popularity and the demand for airtime and has now become a weekly program. Several organizations now list Women in Music on their websites, including Toronto's Kapralova Society, named after Czech composer and conductor Vítězslava Kaprálová, and the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Broadcaster Tom Quick and Mezzo Kimberly Barber

Tom Quick is a classical music aficionado who has been hosting and producing radio since 1975, beginning at Brisbane, Australia’s public broadcasting network 4MBS, now at Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario’s (Canada) community radio station FM 98.5 CKWR. He has been producing and hosting Monday Evening Concert for 12 years. With a CD collection surpassing 7,000 in his home library, he loves to share his passion for classical music with listeners.

FM 98.5 CKWR serves Waterloo Region (Ontario, Canada) and surrounding area. The station offers soft favourites Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, specialty programming Monday through Friday from 6:00 to 11:00 pm and multicultural programming on the weekends.

The Women in Music shows can be heard every Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 pm EST on the FM 98.5 dial or online at:

For those with recordings to share or wanting more information, Tom Quick can be reached at

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