Friday, January 24, 2014

Celebrating Women Composers - January 25, 2014

Linda Nielsen Korducki
This Saturday, January 25, we start our performance year by celebrating women composers. You will hear pieces from Diane Wittry, Cecile Chaminade and Amy Beach.

Music history, in much the same way as history in general, has tended to neglect the contributions of women.   Think for a moment about Mozart's elder sister "Nannerl", who was often thought of as having an even greater gift than her brother.  When she reached what was thought of as a "marriageable age" she was no longer allowed to perform.  

Another example would be that of Fanny Mendelssohn, the sister of Felix Mendelssohn.  Their music teacher Carl Zelter found Fanny to be the more gifted of the two but today when we say the name Mendelssohn in musical circles we make the assumption that we are referring to the younger Felix.

And so, we are presenting a concert of music written by women to raise awareness of the fact that talent is not based on gender.

The Chaminade is a staple of the flute literature.  It is that wonderful combination of demanding for the performer, and wonderfully attractive for the listener. Our own principal flute, Linda Nielsen Korducki will be our soloist for the piece!


The Gaelic Symphony of the American composer Amy Beach (Mrs. H.H.A. Beach) is beautifully written, quite late German Romantic in style and is a testament to her intellect and persistence.  Her story is an interesting one.  She was a true child prodigy, singing and composing before the age at which most children can speak.  She had a career as a concert pianist, but was not "allowed" to continue performing when she married but was "allowed" one concert of her own compositions per year.  She is known as the first American female composer of large scale compositions. 

We will see you tomorrow!
- Brian Groner, FVSO Music Director

The concert is at 7:30pm at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Join us for a pre-concert talk at 6:40pm and a post-concert party in the lobby!

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