Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32!

As part of their Winter Concert entitled “American Women in Music,” the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony as well as Joan Tower’s “Made in America” and the world premiere of Elena Ruehr’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra featuring solo violinist Irina Muresanu!

The concert will take place this weekend on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Paul R. Cramer Center for the Arts at The Steward School​. There will be a pre-concert talk with composer Elena Ruehr at 3:00 pm.

For more information concerning tickets, etc., please visit their website.

“Beach on the Shell: How I Changed an Icon” – Dr. Liane Curtis’ Quest to Have Amy Beach’s Name Included on Boston’s Hatch Memorial Shell

In the following article, which was originally published in 2009, you will learn how Dr. Liane Curtis, with the support of Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, was successful in having one of Boston’s prominent female composers, Amy Beach, added to the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell, which up until that time included a list of all male composers. The Hatch Memorial Shell is an outdoor concert venue on the Charles River Esplanade in the Back Bay section of Boston, Massachusetts.

New Recording of Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 45!

Released today (3/3/17) by Hyperion Records, the new album entitled The Romantic Piano Concerto ~ 70 features pianist Danny Driver and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing three wonderful piano concerti by historic female composers! These works include the monumental Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 by Amy Beach as well as the Concertstück in C sharp minor, Op. 40 by Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) and the Piano Concerto in D minor by Dorothy Howell (1898-1982).

“Danny Driver’s expertly skilled and refined piano performances are equally matched by his sense of musical phrasing and expressive nuance throughout the contrasting light, sometimes playful passages and heavy, demanding virtuosic sections. Together with the renowned BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Driver has provided us with fresh interpretations of three exquisite piano concerti by all too often neglected female composers, Amy Beach, Cécile Chaminade and Dorothy Howell.  In addition to coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, this 2017 release also perfectly coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Amy Beach. Bravo to Mr. Driver and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for their splendid contributions!” – Chris A. Trotman (

The CD and MP3 album are available via Hyperion Records. The MP3 album is also available on iTunes!