Dana Suesse: Musician, Composer, and Lyricist

Dana Suesse (1909-1987), born in Kansas City, Montana, was a child vaudeville star who eventually left the circuit and moved to New York with her mother when she was just seventeen.  There she began to compose larger works and made a name for herself.  Among her more famous compositions are “My Silent Love” and “You Ought To Be in Pictures.” She studied piano and composition formally, including with Nadia Boulanger.  She was heavily commissioned, published, and performed in her time.  Throughout her career she was recognized widely for her talent and achievements, and was even invited to the White House…

Women in Music Festival: All-Higdon Concert, March 28

Sorry to have gotten behind in the blogging!  Here is last night’s concert, March 28. I love Jennifer Higdon’s music.  BUT I did have some trepidation that a whole concert of her music might be a bit much. My concern was needless.  The evening was completely engaging, filled with emotions spanning joyful to transcendent. In fact I’m eager to hear more Higdon tomorrow, which I will do! The details about the performers can be seen in the full program.  Once I get caught up I will go back and insert them in the blog…. Splendid Wood, a work for three marimbas…