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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
(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.
In Durham, NH, Nov. 3 AND 4, Amy Beach’s Opera “Cabildo” is being performed in an opera workshop at the University of New Hampshire. Also on the program are a selection of Beach’s lovely songs. For more information, please click here.
The page includes a couple panoramic pics, several close-up pics and the 18 panels created specifically for the exhibit by Dale Valena, UNH University Museum Curator! Check it out here!
The “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 by great American composer Amy Beach is receiving greater attention this year and the beginning of next due to it being the 150th anniversary of her birth. The major symphony orchestra in her home state of New Hampshire, Symphony NH, is performing the monumental symphony on three separate occasions. Symphony NH’s opening performance was on Friday in Concord, NH and the second in Nashau on Saturday. The final performance is tonight in Durham at the University of New Hampshire.
The opening concert in Concord was reviewed by Dr. Liane Curtis for the Boston Music Intelligencer, and you may read it 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 Amy Beach/Teresa Carreño conference, hosted by the University of New Hampshire special collections and music department, was a wonderfully informative and entertaining event! Now just a little over a week since the conference took place in Durham, New Hampshire, let’s take a look back at the various events and exhibits in greater detail!
Special thanks to Timothy Diovanni, clarinetist and musicology student at Columbia University, for documenting the events, capturing images of some highlighted events and exhibits and providing his own insight into the occasion! His blog post for Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy may be viewed here.
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.
Enjoy listening to a tribute to Amy Beach today within the 6 PM PT (or 9 PM EST) hour! The segment, led by All-Classical Host Christa Wessel, will be broadcast by All Classical Portland (Oregon), and will feature a discussion of Amy Beach with renowned musicologist and founder/president of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, Dr. Liane Curtis!
The mayor of the city of Boston declared today, September 5th, as Amy Beach Day! Read the entire proclamation below!
“I, Martin J. Walsh (Marty Walsh), Mayor of Boston, do hereby declare September 5, 2017 to be: Amy Beach Day in the City of Boston. I urge all my fellow Bostonians to join me in recognizing and honoring Amy Beach as one of the most successful American composers.” — with Keith Lockhart.
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.
(1) Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 12:30 PM – Noontime Concert (San Francisco’s Musical Lunch Break) will include Beach’s Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 23, A Hermit Thrush at Eve for Piano Solo, Op. 92, No. 1 and her Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67! The performers are Carl Blake (piano), Dan Flanagan (violin), Karen Shinozaki (violin), Paul Ehrlich (viola) and Vicky Ehrlich (cello).
The event will take place at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California Street. For more information, click here.
(2) Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 8 PM and Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 4 PM – “Concert 1: Appalachian Spring: Creating an American Sound” – The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will be performing Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67 as well as works by Ives, Copland and others.
These events will both take place at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. For more information, click here.
Lovely to reach 450 likes just in time for Amy Beach’s birthday on September 5! Thank you everyone for your interest and support in the life and music of the great American composer Amy Beach!
Also, REMINDER!!! 2017 Amy Beach & Teresa Carreño Conference Event at University of New Hampshire
For the 150th anniversary of Amy Beach’s birth AND the 100th anniversary of Teresa Carreño’s death this year (2017), we are collaborating with the University of New Hampshire library and archives in presenting a conference event entitled “American Women Pianist-Composers: A Celebration of Amy Beach and Teresa Carreño.” The conference event will take place on September 15 & 16, 2017 at the University of New Hampshire library.
You may learn more about the conference event by visiting the event website – http://beachcarreno2017.com/
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!
Set in New Orleans, Amy Beach’s only opera recounts the legend of a French noblewoman who gives a bracelet to a pirate as a proclamation of her love. When she disappears mysteriously at sea, he is accused of her murder, imprisoned and then released in time to defend the city in the War of 1812.
This production features artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program and is performed in English at Williams Stables Theater in Central City.
At the Williams Stables in Central City.
The Central City Opera House
124 Eureka St.
Central City CO 80427
Only available in the Double Feature of Gallantry and Cabildo.
Evenings at 8:00 pm: July 26, 29; August 2
Tickets: $45 – Buy tickets here – https://centralcityopera.org/event/cabildo
For more in-depth information, click here.
Conductor Dingwall Fleary will celebrate his 45th year as music director of The McLean Symphony concludes its 2016-2017 season with a performance of the “Gaelic” Symphony on June 4, 7:00 PM, at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, in McLean Virginia.
More information may be found on their website here.
In preparation for the performance of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 by the Westminster Community Orchestra in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m., an article written by Ross Amico was released by the U.S. 1 Newspaper including various details about the composer, the work and those involved.
The author beings by establishing the historical context of the time and discussing how Amy Beach composed her Symphony based on Gaelic themes in direct response to Antonín Dvořák’s use of African-American spirituals and Native American chants and dances in his “New World Symphony.” Amico continues by discussing the Westminster Community Orchestra and its conductor, Dr. Ruth Ochs. Dr. Ochs is quoted in stating that she “credits [Dr.] Liane Curtis, one of the teaching fellows at Harvard, with having introduced her to a number of women composers.” Ochs continues to mention how Dr. Curtis is the founder and president of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, and how we at WPA provided financial support and our new revised edition of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony for their performance!
You may read the entire article here.
The Angeles Concerts Artists Chamber Music Series will feature works by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Samuel Barber!
Their concert will take place this Sunday, May 7 at 4pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012). The performance includes the following:
A.BEACH – S.BARBER: SONGS FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
S.BARBER: “ADAGIO” FOR STRINGS IN B FLAT MINOR
R.CLARKE: TRIO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO & PIANO
R.CLARKE: “THREE MOVEMENTS” FOR TWO VIOLINS & PIANO
A.BEACH: PIANO QUINTET IN F SHARP MINOR OP 67
Ticket prices are $85 (student $45) for the Concert and La Conversation. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Our sponsor (Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy) President, Dr. Liane Curtis, is interviewed here about Amy Beach, you can listen (start at 3:20)
in anticipation of the performance of Beach’s Symphony on May 7 by the Westminster Community Orchestra: Amy Beach (Princeton NJ).
You may listen to the interview here!
“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.
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.
Recent events, such as the January 21 Women’s March, reveal a growing awareness of women as targets of abuse and inequality. As women (and men) rise up to fight these injustices, it is also time for the symphonic world to examine and revise the practices of systematically excluding music composed by women.
We at Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (WPA) offer our performance grants to help orchestras address this situation and strive for programming that is vital, diverse and inclusive.
Applications are now being accepted for our Spring 2017 Performance Grants, with awards of $500 to $1000 available to all U.S. orchestras. The deadline is March 10 and the application form is available here. Applicants will receive notification of their status on March 31, and checks are mailed to successful applicants within two weeks.
Grants awarded in the Spring 2017 cycle will be for performances from June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019 — the idea being to allow (and encourage) planning two seasons ahead (even for summer festivals). We plan to continue offering our grants in both the Spring and Fall in order to accommodate the planning processes of more ensembles.
Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization founded to continue the legacy of The Women’s Philharmonic (1980-2004). Committed to honoring and advocating for the work of historic and contemporary women composers, our Performance Grants are central to our mission. We promote the performance of unjustly neglected music and encourage orchestras to engage in adventurous and inclusive programming beyond the familiar masterpieces.
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. Repertoire suggestions are here, including links to music publishers and recordings.
As orchestras strive to invigorate audiences and reinforce the continued relevance and value of the symphonic tradition, WPA hopes to help ensembles broaden their programming and present concerts more reflective of the rich and diverse history of classical music. There are countless underperformed musical treasures deserving to be heard in concert halls.
Find more information and the online application at www.wophil.org/grants. Contact [email protected] with any questions you may have. We look forward to receiving your application, and we wish your orchestra great success in making future discoveries!
In addition to our performance grants, we have another great piece of news! 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 our website (under the “Repertoire” link), we are offering performance materials by composers including Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, Rebecca Clarke, and Elfrida Andrée.