For this week’s post, we have a picture of the wonderful Gilda Lyons to share with you. This is from the 2011 Festival Concert Pro Femina where Gilda sang soprano for her own three-movement work entitled A Small Handful, written in 2002.
Ms. Lyons was the featured Composer Guest for the 2011 festival. She had pieces performed on four of the exciting concerts from that festival including the Chamber Orchestra Concert and the Electro-Accounstic Evening, showing her diversity and range as a contemporary composer.
Be sure to come and see the 2013 Festival Concerts where you can check out this years Festival Guest as well as hear works by many other interesting, dynamic women!
Here we are again…Wednesday’s picture of the week! Below is the Coro Pro Femina with Richard Leslie performing at the Concert Pro Femina in the 2011 Festival. They peformed a Gloria from the thirteenth century, arranged by Ruth Still.
Here, Richard is playing the trumpet, but he is also an active singer. As a baritone, he is a member of numerous choirs in which he has had the opportunity to sing principal roles such as Frank in Die Fledermaus. He also performs regularly with his wife, composer/singer and Festival coordinator Patrice Fitzgerald.
Hello! I am the new Festival Intern, Cassandra Thielen. A percussionist and music management student at Hartt, I will be working with the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford for the next couple of months and will have the pleasure of writing these wonderful Wednesday posts. So without further to do, here it is!
The weekly Wednesday post! Here is pictured Richard Leslie performing at the 2011 Festival Concert Pro Femina. He played Elegy by Festival Associate Director Jessica Rudman and a Gloria from the 13th century arranged by Ruth Still with the Coro Pro Femina. The concert included pieces from every century in between and plenty from the composers of today. To hear diverse programs such as this, be sure to check out this years festival concerts!
For the 2011 Festival, NYC-based composer and vocalist Gilda Lyons served as our Composer-in-Residence. In addition to giving talks to local students and hearing WCF musicians interpret her works, Lyons also performed her extremely moving a cappella composition A Small Handful. Though a video of the work is not currently online, you can check out her recent Songs from the F Train on Youtube.