More great concerts – and very different concert experiences – to enjoy this weekend!
The Moravian College Choir, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is presenting the premiere of a new edition of Amy Beach’s Mass on April 29. The work, composed when Beach was only 19, is believed to be the first Mass composed by an American woman. In a years long project, Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, worked to make corrections, reconstruct parts, and create an edition that can be easily accessed and performed widely. We look forward to the forthcoming recording and publication of the work! More information about the concert can be found here. How wonderful to have the piece remembered in this sesquicentennial celebration year of Amy Beach’s life! And fitting, too, that the performance is happening at Moravian College – the sixth oldest college in the United States, founded in 1742 by a sixteen year old girl to promote education for everyone!)
On Tuesday, May 2, the Cincinnati Soundbox Orchestra will present four(!) world premieres – each a new concerto written by a contemporary woman composer. The composers include Stephanie Ann Boyd, Rachel C. Walker, Cristina Spinei, and Laura Harrison. Learn more about the New Concerto Project here, and more about the composers and performers here. The concert will be presented at the Leapin’ Lizard Events Space in Covington, KY – tickets and info here!