Check out the recording of Amy Beach’s “The Rose of Avontown” performed by The Concord Women’s Chorus! The recording is now available via SoundCloud!
The Concord Women’s Chorus (www.concordwomenschorus.org), directed by Jane Ring Frank, presented the concert entitled “Amy Beach and her Contemporaries” on May 12, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts.
The concert’s featured work, Amy Beach’s “The Rose of Avontown,” was performed by the chorus with a 14-piece chamber orchestra and soprano soloist Adriana Repetto. It was the first performance to use the newly revised edition of Beach’s score and parts, the product of Chris A. Trotman (the Publications Director of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, www.wophil.org). This publication is part of WPA’s mission of encouraging performances of neglected music by women. “The Rose of Avontown” was one of Beach’s most performed and best-known works in her lifetime, yet it is hardly known today. WPA hopes the new edition will help bring this delightful choral music to many audiences and ensembles, and we are happy to have such a truly wonderful first performance. This work by Amy Beach and many others are available from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications (www.amybeach.org/music/publications/).
Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey (a community orchestra) conducted by Michael Stratechuk will be performing Amy Beach’s Symphony in E-minor, Op. 32 “Gaelic” on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00 at the Chatham Middle School, 480 Main Street, Chatham, NJ.
Other works being performed include Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story arranged by Maurice Paress, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Aaron Copland’s Rodeo Movement 4 “Hoe-Down”.
Admission is free. For more information, please visit their website.
Enjoy an evening of choral and chamber works composed by some sophisticated FIRST LADIES who pursued careers as composers despite obstructions galore, and were first in their pursuits. Works by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, Ethel Smyth, Marianna von Martines, Francesca Caccini and Patricia Van Ness will be performed by Cappella Clausura, Inc. and string quartet under the direction of Amelia LeClair! The concerts will also feature a concert talk with renowned musicologist Dr. Liane Curtis, president of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (www.wophil.org) and the Rebecca Clarke Society (www.rebeccaclarke.org)
- Amy Beach: Quartet for Strings (In One Movement), Op. 89 (1929) & Kyrie from Grand Mass in E-flat, Op. 5 (1892) arr. for string quartet and chorus by Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications Director, Chris A. Trotman. Available from https://www.amybeach.org/music/publications/. Chris will be attending both concerts!
- Rebecca Clarke: Comodo e Amabile (1924) for string quartet & He That Dwelleth (1921) for double choir a cappella
- Marianna von Martines: Miserere (1768) for chorus and continuo
- Francesca Caccini: Duets (1618) for voices and continuo
- Ethel Smyth: Kyrie from Mass in D (1891) arr. by Amelia LeClair for string quartet and chorus
- Patricia Van Ness: Premiere of new work for string quartet and soprano
Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents a play involving the fusion of Emily Dickinson’s writings and music by Amy Beach entitled “Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson.”
Works by Amy Beach include her songs “Ah, Love but a Day,” “Chanson d’Amour” and “Stella viatoris” as well as excerpts/movements from her instrumental chamber works – Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, Op.80, Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150 and Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67!
September 15- October 21, 2018: Performances at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
Emily Dickinson produced some of the most haunting and mysterious works of the 19th Century but she was one of the most elusive artistic personalities. In Dickinson’s self-imposed solitude, she constructs a world of images, sensations, and emotions ruled by the breadth of her imagination. Through a pairing of her words with the music of renowned composer Amy Beach, audiences embark on a journey through Dickinson’s soul and inner world. For more info and tickets, please visit their website.
Many music professors in the areas of theory, history, etc. strive to remain inclusive in their classrooms by using research and examples from diverse sources. In this case, Dr. Sabrina Clarke makes a point to include musical examples written by women every Friday using her strategy #femalecomposerfridays!
According to Dr. Clarke:
Each semester I try to develop new strategies for consistent representation of diverse voices in my theory classes. These strategies get worked into my regular course plans, and hopefully are positive steps towards a more inclusive music theory experience…Emphasizing and re-emphasizing the problems of representation in music theory is essential not only as a starting point for change, but for students to understand the context and need for this change.
Enjoy reading more about her strategy and her use today of musical examples taken from Amy Beach’s Dancing Leaves, Op. 102, no. 2 to aid in her in-class interval identification lesson!
Enjoy reading the article below via the post on the Amy Beach Facebook page or the direct link!
Important update regarding this week’s concert:
“Because of significant risk of severe weather and lightning on Wednesday both during the concert and during the set up period, we have decided to postpone our performance of “Symphonic Dances” to Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 pm at the DCR’s Hatch Shell. Thursday promises to be a beautiful summer day.”
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, will be performing Amy Beach’s Bal Masqué for Orchestra, Op. 22 using Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised edition!
For more info, please visit the Boston Landmarks Orchestra website.
The Lark Quartet has announced they are set to disband at the end of the current 2018-19 season – after more than 34 years as an ensemble. Founded in 1985, the quartet’s current members include violinists Deborah Buck and Basia Danilow, violist Kathryn Lockwood and cellist Caroline Stinson. This decision was made after cellist Caroline Stinson informed the others that she would be leaving New York for a position at Duke University. The remaining members decided they would rather finish on a high note with the strong musical and personal relationship among their current ensemble rather than going through the process of auditioning a replacement cellist.
The Lark String Quartet recorded Amy Beach’s Quartet for Strings in One Movement, Op. 89, and together with pianist Joanne Polk of the Manhattan School of Music, they recorded Amy Beach’s Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 34, Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67 and Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150!
For more information, please click here.
On August 22 at 7 PM at the Hatch Memorial Shell, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, will be performing Amy Beach’s Bal Masqué for Orchestra, Op. 22 using Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised edition!
For more info, please visit the Boston Landmarks Orchestra website.
Enjoy listening to Lillie Gardner – pianist during her Cape May lecture recital on the life and music of Amy Beach on air at www.wwfm.org this Tuesday, June 26 at 8 PM EST!
Enjoy reading a guest post on May 30, 2018 from Library of Congress Music Reference Specialist Melissa E. Wertheimer entitled “Women Composers Hidden in Plain Sight,” which includes a picture (below with Beach in the center) and information about Amy Beach (among other female composers), a broadcast program including her music and finally a holograph manuscript page of her music!
A new critical edition of the score and orchestral parts for Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 is now available from Subito Music Corp. The score is available for purchase here and the orchestral parts are available exclusively as rental from the Subito Music Rental Library via Zinfonia. The new edition has already been used by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra. Good news to finally have an engraved version of this important work!
The editor of this new edition, Laurine Celeste Fox, worked with the manuscript score and parts held in the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia. Laurine is also a member of our Beach Advisory Committee.
The London-based Marsyas Trio will be recording a CD “Gates of the Soul,” which will be released with NMC Recordings (one of the leading British labels) in October, to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. The disc will feature music by six living British women composers, including Judith Weir who is our first ever female Master of the Queen’s Music, and two composers who have spent their lives living in the USA: Hilary Tann and Thea Musgrave.
In conjunction with this upcoming CD recording project is the “Stretch Goal” video recording project of AMY BEACH’s “Pastorale & Caprice (The Water Sprites)” for flute, cello and piano, which were written in 1921, a year after American suffrage was obtained, and so connect with the theme of their CD rather nicely! They have a fundraising campaign to record these two works by Beach, and the URL is www.marsyastrio.com/kickstarter. They’ll be setting visuals made from shadow puppetry to the video, to accompany the music, and this will all be freely available on YouTube or similar. Please consider providing financial support for their project! Their fundraiser runs until March 15.
In the words of the Marsyas Trio cellist Dr. Val Welbanks:
“Women of my generation and younger take our rights for granted and we know very little about how difficult things were before us. So if people can give a little money towards our project that’s great (!) but mainly we’re using this as a way to contribute to the year’s celebration of the strong and creative women before us, and around us, and to participate in the discussion on how we can take the next steps towards equality. And of course this will also be our contribution towards celebrating (albeit a little late) Amy Beach’s 150th anniversary!”
Enjoy an evening featuring the life and music of Amy Beach presented and performed by pianist Lillie Gardner!
Celebrate Women’s History Month with Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, the first symphony composed and published by an American woman! The Lower Merion Symphony will be performing from the revised edition of Beach’s Symphony available from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications!
Reminder about the upcoming orchestral concert featuring Amy Beach‘s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32. The Albany Symphony Orchestra in Georgia will be performing from the revised edition available from from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications!
Enjoy hearing Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67 at the Music for Food concert featuring pianist Damien Francour-Kryzek on Sunday, February 11 at New England Conservatory. The musicians play for free and all donations will go to the Women’s Lunch Place. On top of that, all donations will be matched!
Enjoy piano and chamber music by Amy Beach in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Feb. 11! The performers Lillie Gardner (piano) with Hannah Schendel (violin) will perform the following:
BERCEUSE for violin and piano, op. 40
HERMIT THRUSH, op. 92
LES RÊVES DES COLUMBINE, op. 65
NOCTURNE, op. 107
ROMANCE for violin and piano, op. 23
The event is free admission and will take place on Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Thelma Hunter Recital Room, Landmark Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Enjoy an upcoming performance of Amy Beach’s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and using the revised edition by Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy! Visit our Amy Beach Facebook page to check-out the video below for details!
The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony took place this morning in Stockholm, Sweden, and for one of the musical interludes, Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony – II. Alla Siciliana was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra using the revised edition by Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy‘s Director of Publications and Amy Beach Project Editor-in-Chief, Chris A. Trotman!
Please enjoy listening to the gorgeous Beach Symphony movement as part of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (the YouTube video should begin just as the RSPO begins playing the Beach, but if not, it begins at 16:14) – https://youtu.be/cNWwGQAKidA?t=974
We are ecstatic that the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Joana Carneiro, will be performing the II. Alla Siciliana movement of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 (Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised edition) for the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony!!!
The Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 P.M. Central European Time (CET) or 10:30 A.M. EST and will be streamed live on the Nobel website – https://www.nobelprize.org/. The various events will be televised on a number of different channels around the world as well.
Please note that the Awards Ceremony is not the same as the Nobel Prize Concert on Dec. 8 that will feature guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel leading the Stockholm Philharmonic in performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” and Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra.” The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony is where the laureates receive the Nobel Medal and Diploma from King Carl XVI Gustaf.
For more information about the Nobel Prize events in both Stockholm, Sweden and Olso, Norway, please click here. And for more information on the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, please click here.
Enjoy reading an article about the remarkable Amy Beach by New York Times best selling author, Michael Levin, entitled “Gender, Beethoven, and Boston – A Musical Mystery Solved at Symphony Hall!”
You may access the article here.
Tonight’s performance of Beach’s Mass will be by the Commonwealth Chorale, and the New England Philharmonic orchestra at at 8pm at Church of the Holy Name (1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA). To read more about this event and hear about the inception of this performance and the new, revised edition of Beach’s Mass, check out Dr. Curtis’ preview.
The performances of Beach’s opera Cabildo marked the first performances of this lovely work since its revival 22 years ago in 1995 for the commercial recording. The performance also included a number of Beach’s songs. Enjoy reading about the event as reviewed by Dr. Curtis.
Here is the booklet from the premiere of Beach’s Mass in E-flat by the Handel and Haydn Society back during their 1892-93 season. This marked the first time a work by a woman was performed by the Society!