Congregation Kehillath Israel:

Fanfare for Composing Women

June 15, 2023 Brookline $10.00 - $45.00
(Photo: Eugeneonline/iStock)
(Photo: Eugeneonline/iStock)

The first-ever performance of a unique composition: an orchestration of a solo piano work by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel into a piano concerto. As a woman in the Romantic era, virtuoso pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel had considerably fewer opportunities than her brother, Felix. A prolific composer of chamber and choral music, she never got to write for orchestras, and was discouraged by society and family from having a public music career. The orchestration of Hensel’s Piano Sonata in G Minor celebrates Hensel by giving her the orchestral debut she couldn’t have in her own lifetime. The program also features music by 20th and 21st century women composers, including pieces by Joan Tower (1938-), Lera Auerbach (1973-) and Tania León (1943-).

Doors Open at 7 pm, music at 7:30 pm. Front Row ticket-holders are invited for a post-concert reception with the musicians, circa 9 pm.


Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, by Joan Tower (b. 1938)

2015; solo piano version dedicated to Tania León

Alma, by Tania León (b. 1943)

2007; flute and piano

Piano Concerto in G Minor, IFH 19, by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847), arr. Patricia Wallinga

2023; chamber orchestra and piano solo, arranged from the Piano Sonata in G Minor

First Performance. Conductor Britney Alcine, soloist Sharon Su. Orchestration commissioned by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.

I. Allegro molto agitato; II. Scherzo ; III. Adagio; IV. Finale. Presto


Quartet No. 3 “Cetera Desunt” by Lera AUERBACH (b. 1973)

2006; sonnet for 2 violins, viola and violoncello

Petroushskates by Joan Tower (b. 1938)

1980; Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)

Inspired by “The Shrovetide Fair” scene from Stravinsky’s Petrushka

This concert is presented by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative in partnership with Congregation Kehillath Israel.

It is generously supported by the Hegardt Foundation, with additional funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, the Rebecca Clarke Society, Aurora Charitable Fund, Congregation Kehillath Israel and numerous individuals including Guillermo Del Angel, Friedhelm Hildebrandt and an Anonymous donor.

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Fact Sheet
Thursday, June 15, 2023, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
$45.00 Front Row and Reception
$30.00 Adbance
$25.00 Early Bird (ends 6/11)
$15.00 Tier 2
$10.00 Student

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