Women Composers of America

This is a past concert.

Fri, April 26, 2019 / 7:30pm
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

200 Beacon Street, Somerville

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Program Notes by Chamber Series Director Allison Voth (PDF)
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The Chamber Series concludes with music of twentieth- and twentieth-first century American women composers. The program begins and concludes with Sheila Silver's "First Fig," followed by works by beloved Boston composer Amy Beach, and composer and pianist Margaret Bonds, an African American composer best remembered for her collaborations with Langston Hughes, including two songs performed on this program. Libby Larsen's stunning song cycle My Antonia concludes the first half. The second half begins with songs by Marjorie Merryman and Lori Laitman, and concludes with works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Kamala Sankaram, Susan Botti, and Tania León.

Musicologist Liane Curtis will give a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm, free to all ticketholders.
Following the performance, all are invited to attend a post-concert reception.

Program:
Sheila Silver: "First Fig (Round I)"
Amy Beach: "The Year's at the Spring," Op. 44, No. 1
Amy Beach: "Forgotten," Op. 41, No. 3
Amy Beach: "In the Twilight," Op. 85
Margaret Bonds: "Poème d'Automne"
Margaret Bonds: "Summer Storm"
Libby Larsen: My Antonia
Marjorie Merryman: "Cassiopeia"
Marjorie Merryman: "The Heart"
Lori Laitman: And Music Shall Not End
Sheila Silver: "I, being born a woman"
Ruth Crawford Seeger: "Chinaman! Laundryman!"
Kamala Sankaram: "The Last Blast of Anthony the Trumpeter"
Susan Botti: "Listen, it's Snowing"
Tania León: "Mi Amor Es"
Sheila Silver: "A Visit to the Asylum"
Sheila Silver: "First Fig (Round II)"

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