Friday Festival Recap – July 12, 2013

Another week, another recap! It’s almost too hard to decide which of the great performances and talks to re-live each time.


Mary Matthews, David Cyzak, and Grace Smith

Mary Matthews, flute, David Cyzak, oboe, and Grace Smith, piano, perform Ingrid Stölzel‘s There Are Things To Be Said at the 2013 Concert Pro Femina.



Jessica Rudman presents research on pitch processes in the music of Ellen Taaffe Zwillich at the 2013 WCForum.


Sheri Brown performs Hilary Tann’s Windhover to much acclaim at the Local Composers Concert.

2013 Festival in Pictures

Another wonderful festival this year with so many incredible performances and events.

And so many PICTURES! We couldn’t wait to start sharing them (and there are so many great highlights) so enjoy these few. They’re just the tip of the iceberg!

Today’s photos are a few highlights from the festival’s first day-long conference presenting papers and research on various topics related to women composers, historical and living, and their music. The full list of presenters included Michele Aichele, Penny Brandt, Stephanie Lind, Katherine Eberle, David Pearson, Tatev Amiryan, Julia Mortyakova, Mary Matthews, Melissa Wertheimer, Nichole Chamberlain, Jessica Rudman, and guest-composer Hilary Tann.



Penny Brandt (piano) and Coralie Gallet (soprano)

Penny Brandt presented her paper, Listening for Elsa’s Voice: Influences and Styles of Three Songs by Elsa Olivieri-Sangiacomo (Respighi), which included research on Elsa’s music and her relationship with Ottorino Respighi. The talk included a performance of Elsa’s songs by Penny and Coralie Gallet.



Melissa Wertheimer, Mary Matthews, and Nicole Chamberlain (L to R)

The Dahlia Flute Duo and Nicole Chamberlain discussed building composer/performer relationships in the course of building respective careers.


David Pearson

David Pearson discussed the use of poetic form and other pitch and rhythm processes found in Crawford’s music in his talk The Poetic Sensibility of Ruth Crawford’s Diaphonic Suite No. 1. The talk included a performance of Crawford’s Diaphonic Suite No. 1 by David on saxophone.

Picture Wednesday October 3rd

          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!

Picture of the Day – July 13, 2012

The 2009 Festival featured a performance as part of The Hartt School Paranov Performance Hour.  Our Picture of the Day show Hartt alum Mike Lunoe warming up before the show.  Lunoe performed Jessica Rudman‘s Napoleon Complex for Solo Percussion, which he had commissioned from the composer.

Mike Lunoe performs

When commissioning the work, Lunoe requested a piece whose set-up could fit in a duffel bag.  Inspired by the idea of small instruments and also by her small dog, Rudman wrote Napoleon Complex in 2007 and incorporated theatrical elements, which can be seen in this Youtube video of the performance.

Picture of the Day – July 11, 2012

Here’s a peek at the 2011 Festival’s opening concert:

HICO performs in 2011

The Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra led by Erberk Eryilmaz performed works by 2011 Composer-in-Residence Gilda Lyons, Eunsook Baek, Jessica Rudman, and the winner of our inaugural Composition Competition, Sang Mi Ahn.

The Composition Competition was a new addition to the Festival in 2011, and the high quality of the submissions received in both the first and second years encouraged us to continue offering this award annually.  Each year, the prize involves the performance of a selected work by our featured ensemble – stay tuned to find out who it will be for 2013!