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Women’s History Music Moment: Toby Saks
The chamber music impresaria Toby Saks became a legend in the music life of the Pacific Northwest. She began her career in New York: she earned awards as a teenage cellist; she played in the New York Philharmonic in her 20s. She moved out west to join the faculty of the University of Washington School of Music, and soon gathered a group of classical music supporters to launch the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Toby Saks
Women’s History Music Moment: Helen, Countess of Radnor
Helen, Countess of Rador seemed to care very little for what society said she could or couldn’t do as a Victorian Lady – so she decided to make history.
Born in a tiny town in Central England, a young Helen moved to London, moved to London, married an Earl, and started her [new] life as a countess and patron of the arts. Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Helen, Countess of Radnor
‘The Island We Made’: Lip-Sync Opera And High Drag Sing An Ode To Mothers
Opera Philadelphia has, of course, spent the last year unable to stage live works in theaters. In response, they started creating original works written for the camera, to be shared and viewed online as part of an ongoing effort to bring a wider range of voices into the repertory. Continue Reading ‘The Island We Made’: Lip-Sync Opera And High Drag Sing An Ode To Mothers
Women’s History Music Moment: Mary Terey-Smith
The conductor Mary Terey-Smith made music history here in the Pacific Northwest, as a result of a political revolution half a world away. This Hungarian-born music talent, student of Kodaly at the legendary Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, hadn’t been out in the working world very long when the 1956 Hungarian Revolution turned her into a refugee. Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Mary Terey-Smith
Women’s History Music Moment: Barbara Strozzi
Barbara Strozzi changed the face of vocal music with her stunning and emotional song collections.
Born to a famous poet and librettist, she was encouraged to follow her artistic talents from an early age and received a musical education from other famous Italian composers.
Strozzi wasn’t afraid to experiment. She made a big name herself in the 17th century, writing songs for sopranos and mezzos, and collections of non religious music; songs and texts that have lived for 400 years. Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Barbara Strozzi
Women’s History Music Moment: Louise Farrenc
Louise Farrenc inspired the world and demanded what she deserved – something we can all aspire to.
A musician, composer and teacher ahead of her time, she gained fame as an incredible performer, wrote award winning music and taught at the Paris conservatory for 30 years as the only woman on staff in the 19th century. Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Louise Farrenc