Women and Music Festival: Eastman Community Music School

The first of three Festival concerts on Saturday, March 29, was performed by students of the Eastman Community Music School.  Boys and girls performed works composed by women, and four girls performed really lovely pieces that they had written themselves.  The Lowry Hall was the setting, and the young performers did an excellent job at not being distracted by the people passing through, some of whom stopped to listen to the very engaging program. Chair of the Piano Department, Howard Spindler, the very genial host, observed that this was the first time that there were composers among the students.  Since…

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…

Women in Music Festival: The Kaplan Duo

The second concert (Mar. 25) of the Eastman Women In Music Festival (the Festival includes several venues that are near Eastman, but not part of Eastman): The Kaplan Duo delighted us with their noon hour recital at Nazareth College.  I’ve known the pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon for many years, first through her brilliant recordings of works by American women, and then by attending her performances and presentations at conferences; in fact she just gave a very engaging lecture-recital on Manna Zucca at the Society for American Music Conference (and, good news!  A CD is forthcoming!). So I was delighted for the opportunity…

Suzanne Sorkin

Today’s events at the Rochester Women in Music Festival feature works by Suzanne Sorkin.  Sorkin (b. 1977) has been in featured in festivals throughout the United States and is actively commissioned (including from  the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Chamber Music Now, Third Millennium Ensemble, counter)induction,  and ASCAP). Her work in composition is balanced with her work in education—she is an Associate Professor and currently serves as the  Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Film at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  For such an active and involved composer and educator, I was a bit disappointed in the lack…