Women in Music Festival Concert March 27

Pamela Kurau, assistant professor of music, is coordinating the college's 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 in the Eastman School of Music’s 10th annual Women in Music Festival by hosting a concert during the festival March 27 at 8 p.m. in the Doty Hall recital hall. It's the second year Geneseo has participated in the event.

The concert is among several in the Rochester area during the weeklong festival, which Geneseo concert coordinator Pamela Kurau, assistant professor of voice at Geneseo, 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 eight works, all composed by women:

  • Geneseo vocal performer Alyssa Conte, a soprano, will sing “How Could I Ever Know” by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. Accompanying Conte will be pianist Alan Case.
  • Nicole Eras, a Geneseo soprano vocal performer will sing “The Girl in 14 G” by Jeannine Tesori. Case also will accompany Eras.
  • Eastman student Carol Xiong, a pianist, will perform “Memoriam for the Victims of Chernobyl,” composed by Larysa Kuzmenko.
  • Kurau, a soprano, will perform four 19th century works: “Die Blume der Blumen” by Luise Reichardt; “Neue Liebe, neues Leben” by Fanny Hensel; “Liebst du um Schonheit” by Clara Schumann; and “Erntelied” by Alma Mahler. Accompanying Kuraru will be Joseph Werner, principal keyboard player with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Beata Golec, a Polish-born concert pianist and composer and adjunct lecturer at Geneseo, will perform her own piece, “Wings.”
  • An operatic soprano and graduate from Eastman, Eileen Strempel, will perform the four movements of the composer Jocelyn Hagen’s “Kiss.” Accompanying Strempel will be pianist Sylvie Beaudette, assistant professor of chamber music at Eastman.  
  • Cameron Wilkens, a pianist will perform “Chaconne” written by the composer Sofyia Gubaydulina.
  • Chisato Eda Marling, a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and saxophonist will perform “Sax Sonata” by Jennifer Higdon. Accompanying Marling will be pianist Linda Boianova.

The Women in Music Festival 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 includes noontime and evening concerts, a composer residency, master classes, lectures, school presentations, and contributes in music to Women's History Month.

News release written by College Communications intern Jennifer Kim.

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