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March 20, 2013

Festival celebrates women in music

Festival highlights

Sunday, March 24
Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Carol Rodland, viola. With Tatevik Mokatsian, piano; Patricia Sunwoo, violin; Mimi Hwang, cello. The 3 p.m. event at Hatch Recital Hall in Eastman’s East Wing opens the festival. Tickets are $10 (free with University ID); sold one hour before concert at the door only.

Wednesday, March 27
Faculty and students from the Eastman School, Eastman Community Music School, and SUNY Geneseo perform works of women composers from the 12th through 20th centuries at 8 p.m. at Wadsworth Auditorium, SUNY Geneseo. The concert is free.

Saturday, March 30
The 2013 Women in Music Festival wraps up at 2 p.m. when the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic presents Melinda Wagner’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize–winning Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion, along with her work Little Moonhead, based on a Bach Brandenburg Concerto. The free performance will be held in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School.

See the full festival schedule at

Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Melinda Wagner, whose work has earned comparisons to music giants Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen, will be in residence at the Eastman School for this year’s Women in Music Festival. She will give a symposium, coach students, and attend rehearsals and performances of her works, including an all-Wagner concert by the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic.

Running from March 24 to 30, the festival features concerts at venues throughout the region, including Eastman, Nazareth College, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, First Universalist Church, and, for the first time, SUNY Geneseo. Besides the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, performers include Eastman faculty, students, and alumni; and local women poets, who will present readings of their own works. All events are open to the public. A schedule, background information, and venue directions are available at

“Each year is different because of what people bring to the festival,” says Sylvie Beaudette, assistant professor of chamber music and accompanying, who is the festival’s founder and artistic director. “We’ve created a positive and inspiring event that people want to join in.” The festival fields an average of 150 performers per year, and presents music by an average of 35 composers, including Eastman students.

First held in 2005, the festival celebrates women involved in all aspects of music, including composition, performance, teaching, scholarship, and administration. The event has grown from a modest noontime concert series at the school to encompassing daytime and evening performances across the region, giving local audiences more opportunities to attend and enjoy the activities.

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