The Community Women’s Orchestra, based in Oakland, CA, was begun as an offshoot of The Women’s Philharmonic. It was established in 1985 by Nan Washburn and continues to flourish. From the start CWO has had a clear mission:
The Community Women’s Orchestra provides a fun, welcoming environment to promote women in music.
All of the 60+ players are women, and they all volunteer their time. Each concert includes at least one work by a woman composer, whether living or historic. The concert scheduled for this weekend will feature a work by Hilary Tann. Sarsen was inspired by various “standing stones” in nature. More information about the piece, as well as a recording, is available on Tann’s website.