About the 2018 concert:
Please come and spend the evening of Saturday September 8, 2018 with us at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, 690 Burrard Street. The orchestra will be playing gorgeous music, written by women composers, in this beautiful venue that has great acoustics - all in support of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre. We have a sponsor paying for the venue and publicity, the musicians are donating their time, so every penny of ticket sales will go to the DEWC.
A concert of music composed by women, for the benefit of women
Orchestral music written by women composers is rarely programmed in today's orchestral concerts. Look through the list of works programmed for most symphony orchestra concerts - you will see Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Stravinsky, etc. well-represented. But did you know that Mendelssohn's sister Fannie was also a composer? Did you know that Schumann's wife, Clara, wrote hundreds of works, many of them for orchestra? Women composers, historically, were unsupported, actively discouraged and suppressed by the artistic communities of the time.
Clara Wieck Schumann
"I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose — there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?" - Clara Schumann, in her diary on 26 November 1839.
'From my knowledge of Fanny I should say that she has neither inclination nor vocation for authorship. She is too much all that a woman ought to be for this. She regulates her house, and neither thinks of the public nor of the musical world, nor even of music at all, until her first duties are fulfilled. Publishing would only disturb her in these, and I cannot say that I approve of it."
written by her brother, Felix Mendelssohm ,24 June 1837.
Women Composers represented at the concert on Sat. Sept. 8, 2018:
Laura Madallena Sirmen
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