Concerts Coast to Coast

There is another great weekend of concerts to look forward to – and music by women composers to be heard from Massachusetts and California! First to be heard this weekend is Cappella Clausura, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant.  From their website: Cappella Clausura was founded by Amelia LeClair in 2004 to research, study and perform the music of women composers. Our twin goals are to bring engaging performances of this music to today’s audiences, and to help bring women composers into the classical canon. The ensemble, based in Boston, MA, has an impressive and inspiring repertoire list.  This weekend the…

Upcoming Premieres in Seattle

I am late in congratulating the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra of Whidbey Island in their performance of Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps and D’un sir triste.  We at WPA were so thrilled to help fund this performance of works by such a talented and, sadly, short lived composer though a 2014 Performance Grant.  The concert took place October 24 with conductor Anna Edwards leading the ensemble. Listen to recordings of the Saratoga Orchestra here: And in just a few days Dr. Edwards will lead the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra in another concert funded by a 2014 Performance Grant.  The concert on November 18, titled “Listen to the Girls”, will feature…

Amy Beach at Bar Harbor Music Festival

This year celebrates the 49th season of the Bar Harbor Music Festival.  The 2015 season, which runs from June 28 to July 26, includes a huge variety of music styles with something to inspire virtually any concertgoer.  Their innovative and inclusive programming of works by women composers was recognized with a 2014 Performance Grant. The 2015 festival program features the work of historic women in two concerts.  Tonight, July 8th, the festival presents the 32nd Annual New Composers Concert titled, “Our Voice: American Art Songs from the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century.”  Daniel Neer, baritone, will be performing a variety of American…

World Premieres in Chicago

The Chicago Composers Orchestra is partnering with the Chicago Composers’ Consortium, whose joint venture was awarded a 2014 Performance Grant, for an exciting concert featuring premieres by four up and coming women composers. Works include the Chicago premiere of Waking Dream (2009) by Laura Schwendinger and Dreams of Summer by Elizabeth Start, and the world premiere of Parallel Digressions by Martha Callison Horst and As Far as Cho-Fu-Sa by Kathleen Ginther.  More information about the composers, the pieces, and the concert can be found here.