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Women in Music Festival 2007

March 26-30, 2007
Eastman School of Music and Ingle Auditorium at RIT

Please note: Some incorrect dates were listed for the Women in Music Festival in the most recent issue of Encore, Eastman’s bi-annual concert publication. All dates listed on this web page are accurate and up-to-date. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The Women in Music Festival is a celebration of women involved in all aspects of music including composition, performance, teaching, scholarship and administration.

The 2007 festival will feature five noontime concerts and one evening concert of works written by women from a broad range of musical styles such as classical, multimedia, experimental, jazz, world and popular. These performances will take place in public spaces and are free and open to the public.

Special Focus for 2007

  • Lecture/Recital—Monday, March 26, 2007, 8 p.m. – Ingle Auditorium at RIT. A special evening event will kick off this year’s festival featuring the Rochester premiere of Atwood Songs, commissioned specifically for this occasion. This song cycle for soprano and piano is written by Cuban-American composer and the festival’s first composer-in-residence, Tania León, and set to the poetry of Margaret Atwood. León’s new work was co-commissioned by Eastman’s Hanson Institute for American Music and Syracuse University. After the performance, the audience will have the rare opportunity to hear both artists discuss their creative processes during a conversation facilitated by WXXI-FM host Julia Figueras. Included in the discussion will be questions from the audience. The piece will then be performed again allowing the audience to experience the song with newly acquired knowledge of the artists’ perspectives.
  • An “All-León” Concert —Wednesday, March 28 at noon in the Main Hall of the Eastman School of Music.
  • Also Featured—Several guest artists including: Canadian bassoonist Peter Kolkay; Syracuse University soprano Julianna Sabol and pianist Ida Trebicka; sitar player Hasu Patel; the Antara Winds with pianist Joseph Werner; soprano Nadine Carey with cellist Joan Kinsella; mezzo soprano Lynn McMurtry and pianist Alison d’Amato; soprano Eileen Strempel; and violinist Pia Liptak and koto player Ryuko Mitsutani. Additional performers include faculty artists and students of the Eastman School of Music.