Concert features works by women, including Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale (1941)!

Enjoy an upcoming concert featuring works by women composers including Rebecca Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale (1941) performed by SSgt Lucia Disano, clarinet and MSgt Christopher Shieh, viola! Other composers on the program include Joan Tower, Caroline Shaw, Shulamit Ran, Madeleine Dring, Sofia Gubaidulina and Jessie Montgomery!
The concert will be live-streamed, and for more info click here

Enjoy an evening of choral and chamber works composed by some sophisticated FIRST LADIES and performed by Cappella Clausura!

Enjoy an evening of choral and chamber works composed by some sophisticated FIRST LADIES who pursued careers as composers despite obstructions galore, and were first in their pursuits. Works by Amy BeachRebecca Clarke, Ethel Smyth, Marianna von Martines, Francesca Caccini and Patricia Van Ness will be performed by Cappella Clausura, Inc. and string quartet under the direction of Amelia LeClair! The concerts will also feature a concert talk with renowned musicologist Dr. Liane Curtis, president of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy ( and the Rebecca Clarke Society (



  • Amy Beach: Quartet for Strings (In One Movement), Op. 89 (1929) & Kyrie from Grand Mass in E-flat, Op. 5 (1892) arr. for string quartet and chorus by Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications Director, Chris A. Trotman. Available from Chris will be attending both concerts!
  • Rebecca Clarke: Comodo e Amabile (1924) for string quartet & He That Dwelleth (1921) for double choir a cappella
  • Marianna von Martines: Miserere (1768) for chorus and continuo
  • Francesca Caccini: Duets (1618) for voices and continuo
  • Ethel Smyth: Kyrie from Mass in D (1891) arr. by Amelia LeClair for string quartet and chorus
  • Patricia Van Ness: Premiere of new work for string quartet and soprano

Article on “Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale” available here!

We get frequent requests for information about Clarke’s great work, the “Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale” for viola and clarinet of 1941.  Our President, Dr. Liane Curtis, published this article about the work in 1999, just as the music was going into publication with Oxford University Press.  We are happy to make it available here, with the permission of the article’s publisher, The Strad.