Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Join composer/pianist Amy Rubin in a presentation about an eclectic group of women composers from different time periods and musical worlds, including:
- Hildegard von Bingen and Fanny Mendelssohn (classical music tradition),
- May Aufderheide (ragtime),
- Chiquinha Gonzaga (Brazilian choros) and
- Margaret Bonds (twentieth century, jazz inspired).
What were their inspirations and challenges? Who were their mentors? How did they each balance societal expectations for women with the demands of being a creative artist?
Through a unique combination of live piano performance, musical analysis, and storytelling, Amy Rubin will create vibrant portraits of these amazing women, whose works are still often unknown treasures and whose stories of perseverance still hold the power to inspire.
We will conclude with a dialogue about the opportunities available to women composers today.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.