Cleveland Women’s Orchestra marks 75 years with Brouwer work

Posted on: April 14, 2010

In Friday’s (4/9) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Donald Rosenberg writes, “Margaret Brouwer has hardly had a chance to put her feet up since retiring as head of the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2008. New works have been keeping her on the creative go. Last year, the Detroit Symphony gave the premiere of Brouwer’s ‘Rhapsody for Orchestra’ and the American Composers Orchestra debuted ‘Breakdown,’ a piece with video by Cleveland’s Kasumi. … Brouwer recently put the finishing touches on ‘Path at Sunrise, Masses of Flowers,’ which will receive its first performance Sunday at Severance Hall during the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra’s 75th-anniversary concert. … The ensemble, which has played new works before, was able to add Brouwer’s six-minute piece to the program after receiving a $10,000 grant from Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program. To mark his orchestra’s 75th anniversary, music director Robert Cronquist asked Brouwer to write a work to open the concert. Inspiration for the new score came from gardens near New York’s Museum of Natural History—not far from the studio apartment where the composer spends part of her year.”

Posted April 14, 2010