Performers from the Missouri State University opera and orchestra present a new opera by composer Leanna Kirchhoff at the inaugural 2017 Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women. Photo by: Chris Jenkins/MUW University Relations
February 24, 2018 9:58:18 PM
Mississippi University for Women will host its second annual Music by Women Festival Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3. This international event is dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women composers historically as well as the present day.
As part of the festival, there will be 12 concerts spread throughout the three days, all free and open to the public. The concerts will take place at 10 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Between the concerts, there will be concurrent lecture recitals and papers presented. The public must register to attend these sessions. All events will take place in Poindexter Hall on The W's campus.
"This is a great way to start celebrating Women's History Month, by listening to the wonderful music of women composers," said MUW Department of Music Chair Julia Mortyakova. "Building on the success of the 2017 inaugural festival, the 2018 event is going to be even bigger, with more diverse programming, including film music, jazz, blues and digital arts as well as classical music."
More than 200 renowned performers and scholars from different parts of the world will gather to celebrate the musical contributions of women. University faculty from top research institutions and conservatories can be heard on the festival program.
Some of the artists include music faculty and students from the Conservatory of Music of the State of Mexico, Eastman School of Music, University of Miami, Hofstra University, University of North Carolina, James Madison University, University of Denver, University of Nevada, University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, New York University, University of Massachusetts and many others.
Artists are also singers from the Metropolitan Opera, laureates of international music competitions and musicians from prominent orchestras all around the world.
The presentation topics include exploration of the life and works of individual women composers from different regions, cultures, time periods and musical genres. In addition to music by Eastern and Western European composers, performances and lecture recitals will cover music of African-American composers, indigenous Canadian musicians, film music, jazz and music of composers from Canada and Mexico (who will also be performing at the festival). Most research presented during the papers and lecture recitals places the people and compositions discussed in a historical setting and explores the influences of society, politics and religion on the composer and her work. The sessions also analyze the reception of the composer's work during her lifetime, as well as after her death. Therefore, although the festival describes the work of women composers, the overarching topic is the status, contribution and the reception of women in general throughout history.
This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The festival concerts are also funded by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture & Artist Series.
For more information, including a complete schedule of events, and to register for the festival, visitmuw.edu/musicbywomen.
For questions regarding the festival, contact Mortyakova, artistic director, at [email protected]