The First Recording of Ethel Smyth’s <em>The Prison</em>

The First Recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison

         We welcome our Featured Guest Blogger  Dr. Amy Zigler back to share her recent experience! The Recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison by James Blachly and the Experiential Orchestra, with Sarah Brailey, soprano, Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, Steven Fox and the Clarion Choir, and Blanton Alspaugh and Brandon Johnson of Soundmirror. 14-15 February 2019. “…I wanna be in the room where it happens…” - Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda As a historical musicologist, I don’t often have the opportunity to be “in the room where it happens”. But that is the line that popped in my head last week. Few…

UPDATE: Smyth's THE PRISON in radio broadcast, April 27

Listen tonight (April 27) to the Johnstown Symphony’s April 7 performance — 7 pm   (Eastern Daylight Time)  on WQED Radio (Link here) Published April 5: Ethel Smyth’s THE PRISON to receive North American Premiere “She is a hero, and it so relates to the things that we are going through with the #MeToo movement, she dealt with problems that women are still having to deal with today.”  Soprano soloist Chelsea Shephard, about composer Ethel Smyth Two major ensembles in the northeastern U.S. will be performing the North American premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s great work, THE PRISON (1930), composed for two vocal…

HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY, AMY BEACH!!

As this year marks Amy Beach’s 150th birthday, much is being done in celebration about this remarkable woman’s life and work! Numerous orchestras, choral ensembles, chamber ensembles and soloists around the world have performed or will be performing works by the pioneering American composer/pianist this year and next in celebration.  There are new recordings available this year featuring her works and new scholarship has and will be written about her.  Additionally, new musical editions, both revised and published for the first time, are available by a variety of publishers, such as Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications! Here are a few highlights…

New (and Remembered) Works

More great concerts – and very different concert experiences – to enjoy this weekend! The Moravian College Choir, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is presenting the premiere of a new edition of Amy Beach’s Mass on April 29.  The work, composed when Beach was only 19, is believed to be the first Mass composed by an American woman.  In a years long project, Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, worked to make corrections, reconstruct parts, and create an edition that can be easily accessed and performed widely.  We look forward to the forthcoming recording and publication of the work!  More information about the concert can…