Music: Sun Apr 15

Solo piano works by female composers are featured in the morning’s Centering Music and Offertory, in an attempt to give voice to the creativity of artists frequently overshadowed by their male colleagues and family members. Many of Fanny Mendelssohn’s works were originally published under her brother Felix’s name, and Clara Wieck Schumann aborted her own trajectory as a composer in favor of promoting her husband Robert’s piano music. French composer Cecile Chaminade, a gay woman, was by contrast a more independent figure, whose “Scarf Dance” has been a favorite among pianists for many generations. Amy Marcy Beach, known more popularly by her married name Mrs. H. H. A. Beach, was a prodigiously gifted pianist who is considered one of the great composers of America’s Second New England School, which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Soprano Kim Force is also on hand with two moving selections offered in solidarity with the Me Too movement.

Read on for programming details.

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Mélodie, Op. 4, No. 2
                                    Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
Sérénade, Op. 29
Pièce Romantique, Op. 9, No. 1
                                    Cécile Chaminade
Mazurka, Op. 6, No. 3
                                    Clara Wieck Schumann
With Dog Teams, Op. 64, No. 4
                                    Mrs. H. H. A. Beach

Opening Music: Kim Force, soprano
Silent All These Years                        
                                                Tori Amos

Scarf Dance, Op. 37, No. 3

Interlude: Chris Force, piano
Til It Happens To You
                                                Diane Warren and Stefani Germanotta

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