Maestro Bruce Hangen has carefully curated a program inspired by the Anna Beer book Sounds & Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, honoring women composers through the centuries with whom we should be more familiar: Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Peggy Stuart Coolidge, and Clara Schumann, whose Piano Concerto in A Minor will be performed by guest soloist and acclaimed pianist, Janice Weber.
Bostonians Amy Beach and Peggy Stuart Coolidge made their mark on music history.A child prodigy from an artistic family, Beach made her concert debut in 1883 at age 16. She later starred in the final performance of the Boston Symphony’s 1884–85 season. Her “Gaelic” Symphony, premiered by the BSO in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman; and she was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music.
A Swampscott native, Peggy Stuart Coolidge was one of the first female American composers to have a recording devoted to her symphonic works, and the first American composer (male or female) to have a concert devoted entirely to her works presented in the Soviet Union She conducted an all-woman ensemble; and was pianist and assistant conductor of the Women’s Symphony of Boston. In addition, she founded the Junior League Orchestra in Boston and conducted it for seven years. Her works have been performed worldwide.
A summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, guest soloist Janice Weber has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony in concertos of Hanson, Sowerby, Stenhammar, Bernstein, and Leroy Anderson as well as the standard repertoire. She has performed at the Bard, Newport, La Gesse, Husum, and Monadnock summer festivals and has twice toured China under the auspices of the American Liszt Society.
Orchestra of Indian Hill: Sounds & Sweet Airs
Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street, Littleton, MA.
Buy Tickets: $20, $35, and $50
Purchase by phone at (978) 486-9524 x116, or at the door. Free for Indian Hill Music School students.
Founded in 2008, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to “leveling the playing field” for women in classical music, especially composers. The organization’s work addresses the place of women composers (historic and contemporary) in today’s repertoire of orchestras and ensembles in the U.S. and