Australia’s Adelaide Symphony to spotlight women composers in redesigned 2021 season

Posted on: December 9, 2020

“The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has unveiled the first half of its 2021 season, spanning February to July … as well as announcing a new initiative to … support the development of female composers,” writes Angus McPherson in Sunday’s (12/6) Limelight Magazine (Australia).“Each of the mainstage [concerts will] include at least one work written by a woman. The first concert for the year will open with Elena Kats-Chernin’s Big Rhap, alongside Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 … and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4…. April will see Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de Printemps, [and] Myriam Hyde’s An Adelaide Overture opens a [July] concert…. A special event in June … curated by composer Anne Cawrse, will exclusively feature music written by … women composers…. ‘One of the many devastating impacts of COVID-19 was that it completely unpicked what was a very impressive 2020 line-up of women conductors: Jessica Gethin, Elim Chan, Gemma New, Elena Schwarz,’ Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello said…. The 2021 season will also feature a new Meditation Series (with music from Peggy Glanville-Hicks to Arvo Pärt, and featuring a world premiere by Luke Altmann)…. The ASO’s Adelaide Festival collaborations also include … the world premiere of a new concerto by Nigel Westlake for two guitars.”