Post-Wednesday Holiday Picture Post

Hello and Happy Holidays! 

         I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and and friends and a couple of days off of work. In this week’s post, we have a picture from the 2011 Holiday Fundraiser  concert. The evening included wonderful music, food, drink, and friends. This year for our fundraising drive we will be utilizing Fractured Atlas and their hosting services. We have done this before and hope that this year will be more successful than ever. For that, we need your help.

On the Fractured Atlas website, there will be a page featuring our fund drive. (We will post links as the time comes.) On this page will be a video and information about the organization. Please share this with friends! Many of you are already aware of what the Women Composers Festival of Hartford is and does, but your friends and family may not. The video will be short and sweet, so share it. You never know who may become interested in our cause. There will be thank you gifts for the various donation levels ranging from $1 to $500. Every penny counts so please spread the word and help to support this years festival and musicians.

Picture of the week!


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!

Picture Wednesday October 10th

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.

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 – 9/26/2012


What an amazing show of support for the Festival!  An avid audience listens to Daniel Morel as he opens the 2011 Benefit Concert.  The event was an unqualified success: great music, tasty food, and good company.  The funds raised by that concert helped us to present the wonderful events of the 2012 Festival, featuring Festival Guest Judith Shatin and dozens of other female composers.

Plans are well underway for the 2013 Festival, so if you would like to help support our activities, please check back soon for information about our upcoming fundraising campaign.