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.+ More... - Less...
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