Celebrating women’s history in Rochester, New York, and Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted on: February 16, 2011

The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera are among the arts organizations set to commemorate Women’s History Month in March. The Eastman’s School’s 7th annual Women in Music Festival will encompass concerts, master classes, lectures, and presentations in Rochester from March 21 to 25 and in New York City on April 7. Featured composers at the Eastman festival include Tania León, Lili Boulanger, and Eastman composer-in-residence Hilary Tann, whose Exultet Terra will have its world premiere on March 21 at Rochester’s Downtown Presbyterian Church. Rochester was home to women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony; Anthony’s niece, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1942 and became the first woman to hold a principal chair position in a major symphony orchestra, serving as principal flute in the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1952 to 1990. The Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Women’s Voices Festival will take place from February 16 to March 9 and center around a production of Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women. Utah Symphony musicians will also perform music of Robert and Clara Schumann, as well as salon music by living women composers. Other arts partners in the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera festival include the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Art Access Gallery, the Grand America Hotel, Repertory Dance Theater, and Westminster College. Among the events in and around Salt Lake City will be lectures on women’s voices in literature, music, dance, visual art, and film.

Posted February 16, 2011