Women Composers Concert
A program March 19 honors Women's History Month by featuring works by women composers. Faculty and students from the Hayes School of Music will perform the compositions from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Mezzo-soprano Priscilla Porterfield, cellist Corinne Cassini and lutist Douglas James will perform Barbara Strozzi's "Tra le Speranze e'l Timore" and "La Travagliata." The Italian composer lived from 1619-1677. Her first compositions, published in 1644, were madrigals based on poems written by her adoptive father. Other works were dedicated to patrons, including the Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Ferdinand II of Austria.
Clarinetist Andrea Chessman will perform "Wings" by Joan Tower. Born in 1938, Tower is considered one of the most important American composers living today. She has written commissioned works for major ensembles, soloists and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo and Muir quartets; soloists Evelyn Glennie, Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin and John Browning; and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. among others.
Vivian Fine's "Elizabethan Song" will be performed by oboist Alicia Chapman, horn player Daniel Harris and bassoonist Alex Wilson. Fine has been called one of the pioneering women of contemporary American music. She wrote more than 140 works during her 70-plus year career. Written in 1990, "Elizabethan Song" is described by Fine's publisher as, "Renaissance like but in a contemporary setting."
Stacy Garrop is the youngest composer featured on the program. Born in 1969, Garrop is an associate professor in composition at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. Karen L. Robertson will perform Garrop's "Sanskara" written in 1991 for solo horn. Garrop's works have been performed by Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Erato Chamber Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Youth Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the Women's Philharmonic.
Soprano Linda Larson will be joined by flutist Kay Borkowski and pianist Bair Shagdaron for Margaret Garwood's "Six Japanese Songs." The lyrics are based on the writings of Japanese and other poets. Garwood began composing operas more than 50 years ago, along with choral trilogies and other vocal works.
Also on the program is "Reminiscence" written in 1997 by Andrea Clearfield and performed by Alicia Chapman on the English horn and Hiu-Wah Au on piano; "Drift" from "Sonata for Viola and Piano" by Libby Larsen performed by violist Eric Koontz and pianist Bair Shagdaron; and three works for voice performed by the Appalachian Treble Choir.