The concert, titled “Generations of Women Composers,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival and an ensemble of Manhattan Chamber Orchestra piano, flute, and strings will perform in Norton Chapel at Keuka College at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9.
The performance, coinciding with the centennial of New York State’s passage of women’s suffrage, will celebrate generations of outstanding women composers. The featured works will be Katherine Hoover’s “Divertimento,” Susan Follari’s “Resolutions,” Clara Schumann’s “Romances,” Rebecca Clarke’s “Morpheus,” Jennifer Higdon’s “Viola Sonata,” and Cecile Chaminade’s “Piano Trio.”
Katherine Hoover earned a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School, where she also taught for several years. She maintains an active career as a composer, conductor, and flutist, who has given concerto performances at Lincoln Center and performed with ballet and opera companies in New York’s major halls, as well as recording solo and chamber repertoire.
Susan Follari, viola and piano player, is a member of the Associated Musicians of New York, who has played and recorded with Carlos Surinach. Known for her work on Everyone Says I Love You and PNYC: Portishead—Roseland, New York, Follari has performed in the orchestras of such Broadway shows as Cabaret, Gypsy, Showboat, and Ragtime. She has also played with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and with such legends as Michael Bolton and Frank Sinatra Jr.
In an era when women, apart from singers, almost never performed in public or composed, Clara Wieck Schumann did both. She distinguished herself as the foremost interpreter of the work of her husband, Robert Shumann, but she was also a primary force in reintroducing 18th-century keyboard music to the public. Her own compositions remained unknown until the second half of the 20th century, and many are still unpublished and owned by private collectors.
Rebecca Clarke was a mid-20th Century English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, later becoming one of the first female professional orchestral players. She wrote little, but her work has been recognized for its compositional skill. The Rebecca Clarke Society was established in 2000 to promote the study and performance of her music.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. She has composed commissioned works domestic and international orchestras and symphonies, including the President’s Own Marine Band. Her “Percussion Concerto” won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2010, and she received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her “Violin Concerto” that same year.
Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade was a French composer who gave her first concert in 1875 when she was just 18. She wrote mostly character pieces for piano, and salon songs, almost all of which were published. She was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, a first for a female composer. Primarily a concert pianist, Ms. Chaminade wrote more than 200 works for piano and toured the world to considerable acclaim performing them. In addition, she made gramophone recordings of seven of her compositions.
Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, and free for students. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets may be ordered online at www.FingerLakes-Music.org.
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