"Why are there no women composers?"
The London-based Marsyas Trio (flute, cello, piano) will give a concert of women composers over the last two centuries. The earliest, Louise Farrenc, is a latter-day Haydn, and the concert opens with a piece by Amy Beach, the first American woman composer to enter the symphonic repertory.
The concert, first performed at a festival in Wales, was designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement in the UK. Two pieces by Professor Hilary Tann are included -- one from 20 years ago, based on two hymn tunes, and the other, commissioned by the trio, inspired by fragments of bird-associated poetry by Mary Oliver. Tann is Union's John Howard Payne Professor of Music and chair of the Music Department.
The Marsyas Trio is on tour in the United States to promote their recent CD, "In the Theatre of Air," which was given four stars by the BBC Music Magazine when it was released earlier this year. The music is tuneful and appealing and the performers are first-rate. Enjoy this opportunity to give the lie to the old saw above! Free and open to the public.