Orion Ensemble Will Play Amy Beach Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor in Summer 2016

The Orion Ensemble will perform Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67 as well as works by Dvořák and Brahms.  The ensemble’s fourth and final program entitled “Musical Enchantments” will take place at three Chicago-area venues:

  • First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South Street in Geneva, IL on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, IL on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; children 12 and younger are free.  A four-ticket flexible subscription provides a 10 percent savings on full-priced tickets.  For more information and to buy tickets, click here.


Lara Downes will continue her Artist Sessions with violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Lara Downes will continue her Artist Sessions with violinist Rachel Barton Pine almost half a year after its predecessor at the end of this past August. At this next event Downes will engage in both conversation and music-making with violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

The topic will celebrate rarities of the duo repertoire for violin and piano by significant women from the Romantic period, AMY BEACH and Clara Schumann as well as African-American composers, William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Daniel Roumain.

This installment of The Artist Sessions will take place on Tuesday, February 23, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Salon Room of the Hotel Rex located at 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. General admission will be $50; and it will include hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket as well as admission to the event. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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Downes & Pine Postcard

Beach Piano Trio, Op. 150 Performance in Stockholm, Sweden

Daniela Bonfiglioli (violin), Marie Macleod (cello) and Karin Haglund (piano) will perform the Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150 by Amy Beach (1867-1944), My Fleeting Angel by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor “Dumky,” Op. 90 by Antonin Dvořák.

The concert will take place in the Stockholm Concert Hall (Konserthuset): Grünewaldsalen located at Hötorget 8, Stockholm, 103 87, Sweden on Sunday 21 February 2016 at 15:00. Tickets are 190 SEK.

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Marie Macleod

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 fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center box office.

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