When do you listen to the radio and what do you listen to? Joan Tower


Joan Tower
Joan Tower
Photo by Steven J. Sherman, courtesy G. Schirmer, Inc.

Frankly, I only listen to the radio in the car and then I’m listening primarily to the local NPR stations. On long rides, I love to listen to Car Talk, which is entertaining and funny, or the News Forum from the Washington Press Club, which often features some very interesting speakers on topics that are discussed in some depth. And sometimes, coming home at night from a party, I like listening to old-style jazz, especially the big bands.

[Ed. Note: On May 7, 2000, the Syracuse Youth Orchestra performs Joan Tower's Tambor. As composer-in-residence with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ms. Tower hosts their "Second Helpings" Series concert at the Dia Center for the Arts in NYC (548 West 22nd St.) on June 7, 2000. This summer, Ms. Tower is also composer-in-residence with the Yale/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Summerfest in La Jolla CA.]