|Satu Vänskä plays violin|
Despite the diversity the program had a common theme: how our male oriented society is missing out on so much work that could have been ours if only women were regarded are capable of composing. Women have composed (Fanny Mendellsohn, Clara Schumann etc) but critics have an unacknowledged preference for male composers, so we lose works by women. There are more female composers nowadays (especially in Slovenia), but not so very many.
The program notes were different to the normal as well, with direct and pertinent comments about the female condition. The festival booklet is really worth keeping this year.
A program like this gives us a starting point and encourages us to make greater efforts to deal with misogyny in society.