Rochester Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season: Fringe Festival, “The Mother of Us All,” women composers

Posted on: September 19, 2019

“The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season will be Music Director Ward Stare’s second-to-last,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (9/18) article in the Rochester City Newspaper (Rochester, N.Y.). “On September 19 and 21, Stare leads a program curated for the Rochester Fringe Festival of music by Mason Bates, Cindy McTee, Steve Reich, and John Adams, and that’s just the opening concert of the season. (It also features a notable soloist in violinist Leila Josefewicz, playing Adams’ ‘Scheherazade .2.’) The RPO will offer plenty of music by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven and friends … and Stare will continue his annual explorations of symphonies by Mahler … and Shostakovich…. Also on the roster are Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern…. Compositions by women play a … part … with representation from Lili Boulanger, Germaine Taillefaire, and Galina Ustvolskaya. Also making her long-overdue RPO debut is Susan B. Anthony, the main character of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s marvelous, mind-bending opera ‘The Mother of Us All,’ which will be presented in concert…. The singing Susan B. will be complemented by the previous week’s ‘Women’s Suffrage: Past and Present,’ a new theater piece with music by Mark Mobley.”

Posted September 19, 2019