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…

Hartford Concert Inspires!

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford (WCFH) is an indomitable event that has been taking place in March for fifteen years.  Composers, musicians and scholars come together to create this Festival, and on Friday October 26, 2015, their Board of Directors organized a concert as a fundraising event, which also served to remind everyone about work of the Festival, and to bring audiences and musicians together for an artistically important and intellectually stimulating occasion.  The concert took place in the lovely and historic Charter Oak Cultural Center. The concert of 20 songs and piano works spanned time periods (Clara Schumann to…

Featured Guest Blogger: Amy Zigler reviews "The Wreckers"

    Dr. Amy Zigler is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.  She specializes in music of the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the cultural study of chamber music, the social history of music in Germany and Great Britain, and the study of gender and sexuality in music. She holds a doctorate in Musicology from the University of Florida; her dissertation explored the chamber works of Dame Ethel Smyth. Dr. Zigler is an active member of American Musicological Society, College Music Society, and North American British Music Studies Association.  As a pianist, Dr. Zigler performs…

The Wreckers: An Opera for our Time

Ethel Smyth’s “The Wreckers” (1906) will receive its’ first staged US performance Friday night (July 24) at Bard Summerscape (total of 5 performances).  NPR’s All Things Considered aired a feature (available here)  about this historic performance (Musicologist Elizabeth Wood and Music Director Leon Botstein were interviewed). The first sentence of Music Director Leon Bottstein’s program note is certainly one to invite debate:  “It is hard to imagine an opera whose argument is more pertinent to our times than Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers.”   Botstein continues  “…The human predicaments that evolve on stage transcend the personal, and the music turns the spectacle of opera…