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.
Five upcoming opportunities in October to hear Amy Beach’s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 – 3 performances in New Hampshire, and a single performance in both San Francisco, California and Dayton, Ohio! (All of these orchestras will be using the revised edition of Beach’s Symphony available from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications – https://www.wophil.org/publications/.)
Symphony NH – the concerts entitled “Dvořák New World” will include Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture” and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” The performances will take place at the following times and places:
- Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince Street Concord, NH 03301)
- Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm Street Nashua, NH, 03060)
- Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Paul Creative Arts Center, University of New Hampshire (30 Academic Way Durham, NH, 03824)
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website – https://www.symphonynh.org/events/.
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) – the concert will include the Beach “Gaelic” Symphony, Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Barber’s (part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist series) “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” and Floyd’s “Ain’t it a pretty night” from Susannah (Julie Adams, soprano). The performance will take place on October 14, 2017 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website – http://bars-sf.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1011145.
Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra of Dayton, Ohio – the concert entitled “An American Experience” will include Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, Charles Ives’ “Variations on America” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story!” The performance will take place on Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 pm at the Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church (3939 Stonebridge Rd., Kettering, OH 45419). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website – http://mvso.org/concerts/American_Experience/.
The Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society Orchestra of Boston, under the direction of Steven Lipsitt (pictured below), will be performing a chamber orchestra arrangement of Amy Beach’s Bal Masqué, Op. 22 along with Bernstein’s Music from West Side Story (VOICES Boston), Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (In Mo Yang) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1! (Bal Masqué for Chamber Orchestra is available from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications – https://www.amybeach.org/music/publications/).
The concert will take place on September 24 at 3 pm at Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109. For information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.
As this year marks Amy Beach’s 150th birthday, much is being done in celebration about this remarkable woman’s life and work! Numerous orchestras, choral ensembles, chamber ensembles and soloists around the world have performed or will be performing works by the pioneering American composer/pianist this year and next in celebration. There are new recordings available this year featuring her works and new scholarship has and will be written about her. Additionally, new musical editions, both revised and published for the first time, are available by a variety of publishers, such as Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications!
Here are a few highlights of what is happening for her birthday celebration –
1) The City of Boston will be declaring September 5th as Amy Beach Day! (a separate post will be made with more information!)
2) The upcoming Amy Beach/Teresa Carreño Conference at University of New Hampshire on Sept. 15 & 16
3) An article entitled “Amy Beach, a Pioneering American Composer, Turns 150” by musicologist William Robin featured in the NYTimes!
4) An article entitled “Amy Beach First Female Composer to Have Her Music Played by a Major Orchestra” by Troy Lennon, Classmate and History Editor of The Daily Telegraph in New South Wales, Australia!
5) A number of orchestras have and will be performing Beach’s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 Bal Masqué, Op. 22, and others (some using Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised editions) as well as choral ensembles performing her Grand Mass in E-flat, Op. 5! (Keep watching our news feed as we post about upcoming concerts!)
As this year marks Amy Beach’s 150th birthday, much is being done in celebration about this remarkable woman’s life and work! Among the many events, recordings and scholarship concerning her life and work is an article entitled “Amy Beach, a Pioneering American Composer, Turns 150” by musicologist William Robin featured in the NYTimes!!
Recently joining the musicology faculty of University of Maryland in 2016, Will Robin has written an incredible article about the profoundly successful composer/pianist! The article also includes quotes by many of Beach’s contemporaries as well as comments from our founder and president, Dr. Liane Curtis!
You may read the article here.
On Wednesday, Aug. 9, the Boston Landmark Orchestra will perform the “Alla Siciliana” from Amy Beach’s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston. The orchestra will be performing from our revised edition available via Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications!
We now have available via Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications the exquisite work by Amy Beach entitled Invocation, Op. 55 complete with the obbligato violoncello part. One edition of this work is for violin, violoncello and piano and the other for violin, violoncello and organ. The organ part is written on 2 staves with indications for manual changes (Gt, Ch and Sw) and pedal.
For more information concerning our publications and how to acquire them, please visit our Publications Page!
“If Women Will Not Be Inclined” – Vocal music of the 19th and 20th Centuries including songs, arias and ensembles by Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Pauline Viardot & Maria Malibran.
In this unique recital, the ensemble Vertical Player Repertory (https://www.facebook.com/VerticalPlayerRep/#) will pay tribute to four women composers whose genius and persistence overcame the odds: celebrated 19th opera diva sisters Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot, American composer and concert pianist Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, and the tragically short-lived, but deeply influential Lili Boulanger.
Included in their program – courtesy of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy‘s kind permission to use their new engraving – will be the first known public hearing of Amy Beach’s unpublished song “If Women Will Not Be Inclined.”
The recital will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:00pm at Behind the Door, 219 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Admission is $20, and all proceeds will go to the Anti Violence Project.
For more info, please click here.
The orchestration by the composer of her solo piano work, Bal Masqué is now available via Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications! If you wish to purchase this work, please visit our Publications Page!
Interest continues to build in the music of the exceptionally talented American pianist and composer, Amy Beach. Some exciting additions in the areas of music scholarship and publications concerning Amy Beach have been recently released just in time for her birthday!
(1) Published in May 2016 in the Journal of the Society for American Music (volume 10, issue 2, May 2016, pp. 149-180), musicologist Dr. Sarah Gerk’s article entitled “‘Common Joys, Sorrows, Adventures, and Struggles’: Transnational Encounters in Amy Beach’s ‘Gaelic’ Symphony” discusses Amy Beach’s conscious blending of multiple streams of influence – that of Irish folk tunes and American nationalistic styles at the end of the 19th century.
2) Our Amy Beach website (www.amybeach.org) sponsor, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (WPA), is launching a music publishing project: Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications will help make more music accessible and available through carefully edited and affordable orchestral scores and parts. On the New Publications page of our website, www.wophil.org/publications/, we will be offering performance materials by Amy Beach as well as other female composers including Elfrida Andree, Marion Bauer, Rebecca Clarke and Vítězslava Kaprálová. AND in honor of Amy Beach’s birthday (September 5) and her 150th anniversary next year (2017), we are offering our new edition of her Symphony in E minor, Op. 32, “Gaelic” (1896), edited and engraved by our Director of Music Publications, Chris A. Trotman. In celebration of this exciting new venture, we are happy to make the score available (in PDF format) free of charge through September 2016. Additional WPA editions of Amy Beach’s music may be found on our Amy Beach website – www.amybeach.org/music/publications/. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like a free PDF copy of the Gaelic Symphony score as well as if you would like more information or are interested in renting or purchasing any of the Amy Beach series selections!
MORE GOOD NEWS!! Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (WPA) is happy to announce our 2016 Performance Grants, with awards of $500 to $1000 available to all U.S. orchestras. The Performance Grants promote the performance of unjustly neglected music by women and encourage orchestras to engage in adventurous and inclusive programming beyond the usual masterpieces. Recognizing that new or unusual repertoire often means additional costs for ensembles, WPA established our Performance Grants (in 2012) to help overcome this obstacle to performing works by women. All U.S. orchestras – community, professional, and youth – are eligible to receive funding. We suggest that applicants plan to perform more than one work by a woman, and include at least one historic work. The deadline is October 14, and the application form (and materials including repertoire ideas) is available on our website (http://www.wophil.org/grants/). Decisions will be announced November 14. The goal of these grants is to influence future programming; thus funding awarded in the Fall 2016 cycle must be utilized in the 2017 and/or 2018 calendar years. Additionally, beginning in 2017, we will be offering our Grants twice a year. The Spring 2017 grant cycle, intended to support performances occurring between June 1, 2017 and August 31, 2019, will begin receiving applications in January with applications due in late February. Decisions will be announced on March 31. We hope that this will accommodate the planning processes of more ensembles. APPLY TODAY!