Stockton Symphony Plays Thea Musgrave

The Stockton Symphony is opening their 2017-2018 season on Saturday, September 23 with a great, and inclusive, program.  In addition to Tchaikovsky Brahms, and Berlioz, conductor Peter Jaffe has chosen to include Rainbow (1990) by Thea Musgrave.   Musgrave, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday in May, 2018, was born in Scotland but has lived and worked in the United States since 1972.  A student of Nadia Boulanger and Aaron Copland, she has written extensively for orchestra, as well as completed twelve operas.  Her operatic works often feature a historical woman as the central character, including Mary, Queen of Scots (1977) and Harriet, the Woman Called…

Works by Women this Weekend

It’s another full weekend of concerts featuring the works of historic and contemporary women composers – from coast to coast!  We are proud to have been able to support both of these organizations through WPA Performance Grants. On the East Coast the National String Symphonia, based in Frederick MD, is presenting a concert on March 18 & 19 entitled COMPOS(H)ERS: Words Modern and Classic spans two centuries of women making music.  Included composers are Pamela Harrison, Elena Ruehr, Liana Alexandra, Ethel Smyth, Libby Larsen, and the world premiere of a new work by Beth Anderson.  Find out more information here.  …