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Concert Update – Due to the risk of inclement weather, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra have postponed their “Symphonic Dances” performance to Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 pm

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.

 

Congratulations to the Lark String Quartet of New York for 34 years of wonderful music making including recordings of works by Amy Beach!

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.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra will be playing Amy Beach’s Bal Masqué for Orchestra, Op. 22 using Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised edition!

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.

 

“Women Composers Hidden in Plain Sight” – guest post from Music Reference Specialist Melissa E. Wertheimer.

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!  

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

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.

London-based Marsyas Trio is Fundraising for Video Recording of Amy Beach’s “Pastorale & Caprice (The Water Sprites)” for Flute, Violoncello and Piano!

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!”

Dreams of Romance: Music of Amy Beach Featuring Piano and Chamber Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota!

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.

 

As Part of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Performed Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony – II. Alla Siciliana!

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

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Will Perform II. Alla Siciliana from Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony for Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony!

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.

The Beach Sesquicentennial Continues! Looking Behind and Looking Ahead – a Review of Beach’s Opera Cabildo and a Preview of Tonight’s Concert Featuring Beach’s Mass in E-flat, Both by Renowned Musicologist Dr. Liane Curtis for the Boston Music Intelligencer!

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!

Lecture and Two Concerts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County Featuring Amy Beach’s Romance for Violin, Harp and Strings, Op. 23 & Piano Trio, Op. 150!

Join us at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for two wonderful events featuring music by Amy Beach! The concert on Friday, Nov. 17 will be preceded by a lecture by Dr. Liane Curtis! Also, the symphony concert on Sunday, Nov. 19 will include Amy Beach’s Romance transcribed for Solo Violin, Harp and Strings by Chris A. Trotman, Director of Publications for Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy! Both Liane Curtis and Chris A. Trotman will be in attendance for the Friday concert, and Mr. Trotman will be at the Symphony concert.

These events are free, but tickets are required so get them quickly if you wish to attend!

Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in f-sharp minor, Op. 67 to be Performed by Lavazzo Chamber Ensemble!

Another wonderful opportunity to hear Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in f-sharp minor, Op. 67, which is being performed by Lavazza Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM at St. Paul’s Church (15 St. Paul Street, Brookline Village, MA). Free admission!

Also on the program is Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Musicians include Kristina Nilsson and Paula Oakes (Violins), Emily Rome (Guest Violist), Jan Pfeiffer-Rios (Cello) with James Chubet (Guest Pianist).

For more information, please visit their website.

Two Upcoming Opportunities to Hear Amy Beach’s Monumental Grand Mass in E-flat!

(1) On Nov. 11 at 8 P.M. the Commonwealth Chorale & the New England Philharmonic will present their program entitled REBIRTH OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC. The concert and concert talk will feature Beach’s Mass in E-flat and will take place at Church of the Holy Name (1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.

(2) On Nov. 12 at 7 P.M. the The Croton Chorale and Orchestra will be performing the Grand Mass in E-flat in New York City at Cardozo Law School (55 Fifth Avenue, at 12th Street, in Manhattan.) Admission is $20 ($10 for seniors and students). For more information, please visit their website.