Mar. 22, 2013

SUNY Geneseo to Host Women in Music Festival Concert March 27


Geneseo music faculty member Pamela Kurau is coordinating the college's inaugural participation in the Eastman School of Music's Women in Music Festival. She also will perform at the festival's Geneseo concert March 27.

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Faculty and students from SUNY Geneseo will participate for the first time in the Eastman School of Music's annual Women in Music Festival by hosting a concert during the festival March 27 at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium.

It's one of 12 concerts in the Rochester area during the week-long festival, which Geneseo concert coordinator Pamela Kurau says will feature works written by a variety of female composers to celebrate their music. All festival events are free and open to the public.

The Geneseo concert will feature seven works:

• Gerard Floriano, professor of music at Geneseo and director of the Spectrum Women's Ensemble, will conduct the group's performance of German composer Hildegard of Bingen's "Item de virginibus."

• Geneseo music lecturer and cellist James Kirkwood will join pianist Jonathan Gonder, professor and chair of the Department of Music, in performing French composer Nadia Boulanger's "Trois Pièces."

• Geneseo senior vocal performance major Katelyn Hearfield, a soprano, will sing three pieces written by American composer Amy Beach: "Fairy Lullaby;" "Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away;" and "Forget Me Not." Accompanying Hearfield will be pianist Alan Case.

• Eastman students Christiana Reader, a violist, and pianist Wenny Chandra will perform American composer Margaret Brouwer's "Rhapsodic Sonata for Viola."

• Geneseo senior vocal performance major Shelly Massachi, a soprano, will sing three works by French composer Cécile Chaminade: "Chanson de neige;" "L'amour captive;" and "Viens, mon bien-aimé." Accompanying Massachi will be pianist Alan Case.

• Geneseo soprano Pamela Kurau, assistant professor of voice at Geneseo and part-time faculty member at Eastman where she teaches English lyric diction, will perform the five movements of American composer Libby Larsen's "Song from Letters" with text by Calamity Jane. Accompanying Kurau will be Joseph Werner, principal keyboard player with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

• Brothers and Eastman students John and Joseph Irrera , violinist and pianist respectively, will perform German composer Clara Schumann's "Three Romances for Violin and Piano Op. 22."

The Women in Music Featival began in 2005 as a celebration of the contributions of women to all aspects of music, including composition, performance, teaching, scholarship and administration. The festival -- usually scheduled during the last full week in March -- includes noontime and evening concerts, a composer residency, master classes, lectures, and school presentations, and contributes in music to Women's History Month.

More information about festival performances is available online or by calling 585-245-5824.

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