Speaking Her Truth: A Discussion with Jessica Rudman and Kendra Preston Leonard

We are delighted to share this conversation between Jessica Rudman (JR) and Kendra Preston Leonard (KPL) as they discuss the upcoming Hartford Opera Theater and Hartford Independence Chamber Orchestra’s program “Speaking Her Truth,” which includes Rudman’s micro-opera Trigger, Rudman and Leonard’s song cycle Four Songs for Lady Macbeth, and their opera Marie Curie Learns to Swim. Trigger is Rudman’s response to an incident in which an abused woman overheard the policemen involved in her case speculating about what she had done to “deserve” being hit. In Four Songs for Lady Macbeth, various figures address the real and fictional life of…

New Works This Weekend

Congratulations to the Community Women’s Orchestra and Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra – both WPA Performance Grant winners presenting works by women composers in concerts this weekend! This Saturday, February 20, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) will perform a concert titled “Voices of Connecticut Poets” and will feature the world premiere of a new work by Jessica Rudman with text by poet Elizabeth Hamilton.  Iseult Speaks will be performed with Guest Artist Charity Clark. On Sunday, February 21 Community Women’sOrchestra will present their International Women’s Day concert, featuring a new work by composer in residence June Bonacich titled Sour Grapes.   Looking forward to excellent concerts,…

IAWM New Music Competition Winners

The International Alliance for Women in Music just announced the 2011 winners for the New Music Competition. The winners are: Julia Adolphe Anne Kilstofte Katheryn Mishell Jessica Rudman Sabrina Peña Young Nina C. Young Jae Eun Jung Beryl Lee Heuermann Elizabeth Nonemaker Karen Power Congratulations to all of the winners, and to all of the 104 entrants!!