Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra is proud to join 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy in celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage in America. The program begins with the trailblazers in women’s symphonic history in the United States, beginning with the music Ruth Crawford Seeger, the first female composer to win the Guggenheim Fellowship. We then explore the music of Jennifer Higdon, one of America’s most widely performed composers in 2019, with one of her latest works, Breeze Serenade. Before then exploring the music of three Pulitzer-prize winning composers, Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and western massachusetts’s own Caroline Shaw!
Instrumental music has been at the core of Mount Holyoke College since our founding. Mary Lyon moved a piano into Seminary Hall almost as quickly as she shelved the library’s first books. She believed instrumental music taught young women discipline, provided students with language in a different chord, and–most importantly—Mary Lyon understood that music has the power to console a troubled heart and uplift the human spirit.
The Mary Lyon concerts commemorate the central role of music in Mount Holyoke College’s history by celebrating the contributions of women musicians and women in general, through music. The programming therefore gives voice to the often under-represented work of women in music.
- Ruth Crawford Seeger – Rissolty Rossolty
- Ruth Crawford Seeger – Music for Small Orchestra
- Jennifer Higdon – Breeze Serenade
- Joan Tower – Chamber Dance
- Ellen Taaffe Zwilich – Prologue and Variations
- Caroline Shaw – En’tracte
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm