Fin-de-Siècle Sounds Will Be Brought Back to Life at Curtis

Flautist, Mimi Stillman, will present “Women Pioneers of American Music,” a program put on by Dolce Suono Ensemble, for which she serves as artistic and executive director.

The program, on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. at Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, will give those in attendance an opportunity to explore early American concert music by focusing on three female composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries — Amy Beach, Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford Seeger — who were considered pioneers of American music.

It will also feature works by contemporary composers Jennifer Higdon and Andrea Clearfield, including a world premiere.

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On Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., also in Karl Geiringer Hall of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the music department will host the Ciompi Quartet, Duke University’s resident string quartet, in a concert featuring flutist and UCSB Music Department Chair Jill Felber, on Amy Beach’s “Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, Op. 80,” and a performance of Professor Emeritus Joel Feigin’s “Mosaic in Two Panels” for string quartet.

Said Felber of the piece she will be performing, “Amy Beach, one of America’s first truly successful female composers of art music, used her own song, ‘An Indian Lullaby,’ for the theme of the quintet. This rarely played work is a gem for the flute and string quartet literature.”

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 non-UCSB students with ID and free for UCSB students with ID and for children under 12.

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It will be “All Girl Power, All the Time” times three when a trio of women takes to the stage to perform three trios written by three female composers across three centuries.

Pia Liptak (violin), Kathleen Murphy Kemp (cello) and Doleen Hood (piano) will perform their concert, “TRIO… she wrote,” as part of Brockport State College’s Fine Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley St., Brockport, NY.

The program will including Jennifer Higdon’s “Piano Trio,” composed in 2003; Amy Beach’s “Piano Trio (in A Minor),” composed in 1938; and Elfrida Andrée’s “Piano Trio No. 2 (in G Minor),” composed in 1884.

Tickets range from $8.50 to $16 and are available online at, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center box office.

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