Women composers have been a part of the musical landscape for many years. There are many brilliant women composers who are not frequently heard on concert programs.
My name is Nailah Nombeko and I am a New York based composer/pianist.
On March 30th and April 6th 2014, I will be curating a two-concert collaboration between Vox Novus and the New York Women Composers. Vox Novus is one of the leading new music organizations based in New York. They create a platform for living composers to have their music performed. This platform serves as a vehicle for composers and performers to build a community and to network. Vox Novus holds concerts every two weeks at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church.
The mission of the New York Women Composers is to create performing, recording, networking, and mentoring opportunities for its members and to work for the betterment of all women concert-music composers. They believe that focusing attention on music by women composers will hasten its full inclusion in the concert repertoire.
This collaboration is important because it showcases women's compositions that are rarely heard. It is very difficult to find outlets for new music by women composers on a regular basis. Unfortunately, a lot of brilliant women composers are not heard unless they are relegated to a "women's history month concert."
I have an interesting cast of composers and performers from around the world on both of these programs. They are from the Ukraine, Japan, Spain and England as well as other countries. The phenomenal Wagnerian soprano soloist Shannon Roberts will be performing with virtuoso pianist Yumi Suehiro. Juilliard trained pianist Sookkyung Cho, lyrical soprano Adrienne Patino-Dunn and violin virtuoso Katarzyna Bryla will be performing along with many others.
The performance on March 30th will be held at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and the April 6th performance will be held at Ascension Catholic Church.
This Kickstarter campaign is to pay for performers, rental of the performance space and advertisement costs. I look forward to this wonderful collaboration.
Below is a list of the composers featured in this project as well as sound clips of a few performers:
Alla Pavlova--Ukrainian composer. Her works combine classical, romantic and contemporary styles, and sometimes include elements from gospel and popular genres.
Joyce Hope-Suskind--American composer, performer and teacher. She studied oboe and voice at Juilliard.
Binnette Lipper--American composer. Her works have been heard in the US, Europe, Canada and the Far East. Works published by Hildegard to Hildegard Publishing Company.
Elisenda Fabregas--Spanish composer. She was praised for writing with an "imaginatively colored…idiom" by the New York Times. Fabregas is also a Juilliard trained pianist.
Julie Mandel--American composer. She received many ASCAP awards and several awards from Meet the Composer. Her music was published by Theodore Presser.
Beth Anderson--American composer. She is a critically acclaimed composer of neo-romantic, avant-garde music, text-sound works and musical theater.
Hilary Tann--Welsh composer. Her compositions were performed by ensembles such as: The Liverpool Philharmonic, Thai Philharmonic and the KBS Philharmonic in Seoul Korea.
Mary Ann Joyce-Walter--American composer. Her works were performed by the Kiev Symphony and the St. Petersburg Orchestra and Chorus.
Rain Worthington--American composer. She has a distinct voice within the field of contemporary music. Her works were recorded by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Pianist Max Lifchitz has recorded her piano music for North/South Recordings.
Soprano, Shannon Roberts
Pianist, Sookkyung Cho
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