The Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio will perform Clarke’s 1921 Piano Trio in Beacon, NY, as part of the distinguished Howland Chamber Music Series.
Wed, Nov 20, 8 pm (EST) — James Madison Symphony Orchestra performs the Viola CONCERTO (Clarke’s Viola Sonata orchestrated by Ruth Lomon) LIVESTREAM! with solo viola Diane Phoenix-Neal.
The influential musicologist and supportive friend Dr. Nancy B Reich passed away earlier this year. She received this illuminating obituary in the New York Times, and her daughter Susanna Reich suggested that donations in her mother’s honor could be made to Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. Today, on the 133rd anniversary of Rebecca Clarke’s birth, we are celebrating both Clarke and Dr. Reich by reprinting (in PDF form) the article “Rebecca Clarke: An Uncommon Woman,” which was originally published in 1993, and which was reprinted in A Rebecca Clarke Reader in 2004.
This is the brief introduction to the section that includes Dr. Reich’s chapter. And here is Rebecca Clarke: An Uncommon Woman by Nancy B. Reich.
Learn more about A Rebecca Clarke Reader here.
A new article by violist David Bynog details the exciting events of 100 years ago!
One hundred years ago, during the weekend of August 23–24, 1919, six men gathered …in Pittsfield, Massachusetts… to select the winner of the Second Berkshire Festival Competition, devoted to compositions for viola and piano. The outcome from their deliberations was so momentous that it still resonates a century later.
Sunday, July 14, Neave Trio performs Clarke’s Piano Trio, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Many concerts and projects are celebrating 2019 as “The Year of Rebecca Clarke” — the 100th anniversary of her remarkable Viola Sonata! We hope you will join us in supporting this all-Clarke CD project in Poland —
May 9 — free concert in Boston MA, includes Rebecca Clarke’s “Midsummer Moon” for Violin and Piano. https://www.aleaiii.com/
#Declassified This Weekend: Rebecca Clarke and her Viola Sonata at 100
Saturday, March 2, 2019 — 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST The event is free, but tickets are required, more info here
Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano was composed 100 years ago and was premiered at Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s Chamber Music Festival in September 1919. The Library of Congress (which holds Clarke’s manuscript score of the work) celebrates the centenary with a presentation by Cait Miller, (LC Music Division), and a performance of the work by Katherine Murdock, viola and Audrey Andrist, piano.
On Nov. 11, Clarke’s “I’ll Bid my Heart be Still,” based on a Scottish border tune, is part of a chamber concert that will take place in Springfield, MA. The “Women Playing Women” concert is on a series organized by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. More info here!
Enjoy an evening of choral and chamber works composed by some sophisticated FIRST LADIES and performed by Cappella Clausura!by Chris Trotman - October 15th, 2018
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 Beach, Rebecca 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 (www.wophil.org) and the Rebecca Clarke Society (www.rebeccaclarke.org)
- 8PM Saturday, Oct 20 at Eliot Church Newton (474 Centre St, Newton)
- 4PM Sunday, Oct 21 at Lindsey Chapel Boston (15 Newbury St. Boston). For more info and tickets, please visit https://www.clausura.org/beach-clarke-caccini.
- 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 https://www.amybeach.org/music/publications/. 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
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.
Enjoy an upcoming performance of Ruth Lomon’s orchestrated version of Rebecca Clarke’s viola sonata!by Chris Trotman - September 17th, 2018
Viola soloist Dr. Ann Leilehua Lanzilotti and the University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be performing Ruth Lomon’s orchestrated version of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata! The performance will take place on Wednesday, September 26 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM(MT) at the Union Colony Civic Center: Monfort Concert Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the university page – https://calendar.unco.edu/event/unc-symphony-orchestra-1/.
Clarke’s Piano Trio will be featured in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival on July 7 in Cork, Ireland!by Chris Trotman - June 22nd, 2018
Enjoy an upcoming performance of Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio as part of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival on July 7 in Cork, Ireland at 3 PM at the Bantry House. Musicians include Andreas Reiner [violin], Ella van Poucke [cello] and Nathalia Milstein [piano].
For more information about this event, please visit the West Cork Music webpage.
We are very pleased to announce the new Masters Thesis on Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata by Clara María Blat Barrachina (Clara Blat) of Valencia, Spain! Clara speaks about the importance of Rebecca Clarke and her work with a particular focus on Clarke’s Sonata for viola and piano. Furthermore, Clara carries out a technical and pedagogical analysis of the viola part, based on surveys of viola teachers and students.
Below is the title and abstract as well as the first few pages of the Thesis and the OneDrive link to the full PDF thesis in Spanish.
Rebecca Clarke: Sonata, for viola and piano. An analysis about their study in higher education centers
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) was a British violist, composer and musicologist with post-romantic and impressionist influences. In 1919 she finished her Sonata, for viola and piano, written for the composition competition of the Berkshire Chamber Music Festival, in Pittsfield (Massachusetts). One of the requirements was for the participants to present their compositions with a pseudonym. The Sonata was tied with a Suite, for viola and piano. Finally, the sponsor of the contest decided that the latter was the winner. After awarding the prize and revealing the names, Ernest Bloch turned out to be the winner, with Clarke in second place. At the end of the 20th century, thanks to genre music studies, Clarke’s works began to be recovered. In the theoretical framework of this research an analysis is offered about the life of the composer, her style, the genesis of her sonata, and the historical context in which it was written. In the practical framework, a comparative musical analysis is exposed, a compilation of the published editions and the recordings recorded in various instrumental dispositions. The experimental study gathers the methodological principles used by teachers and students from various higher education centres from Germany, Scotland, Spain, the United States, Netherlands and Poland.
Here you may read the full Masters Thesis! (For quick and easy translation, simply open the PDF document in Google Docs and select your desired language)
Enjoy two upcoming concerts presented by Vermont Virtuosi entitled “Mainly Maurice” (after Maurice Ravel) in Montpelier, VT that includes Rebecca Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale, for Viola and Clarinetby Chris Trotman - April 23rd, 2018
Enjoy listening to the recently-released album by the Gryphon Trio featuring Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio!by Chris Trotman - April 17th, 2018
Winsor Music’s 2017-18 season concludes with a program entitled “Phantasy,” which features Rebecca Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola!by Chris Trotman - April 2nd, 2018
An upcoming masterclass and concert will feature soprano Claudia Patacca and pianist Marien van Nieukerken at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and will include songs by Rebecca Clarke, Amy Beach and others!by Chris Trotman - February 7th, 2018
Enjoy reading a very nice review of the event entitled Songs of the Sea @ Wigmore Hall, London, which featured Rebecca Clarke’s “The Seal Man!”by Chris Trotman - February 5th, 2018
Texas Tech University School of Music Will Host British Violinist Madeleine Mitchell Who Will Play Clarke’s Nocturne for 2 Violins and Piano!by Chris Trotman - November 11th, 2017
Texas Tech University School of Music will host a guest artist recital featuring world-renowned British violinist Madeleine Mitchell at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 12) in Hemmle Recital Hall. School of Music professor of violin John Gilbert will join her for two pieces during the program, and she will be accompanied by School of Music collaborative pianist Becca Zeisler. The program will include Rebecca Clarke’s Nocturne for 2 violins and piano!
For more information, click here.
Even Such Is Time
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3pm
Third Baptist Church, 620 North Grand Boulevard, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
Unaccompanied choral music that explores, honors and rues the passage of time by Lassus and Vaughan Williams, C.V. Stanford and his student, Rebecca Clarke. The choir also performs the world premiere of Song for St. Cecilia’s Day by Stuart McIntosh, written specially for the Chamber Chorus.
To purchase tickets or for additional information visit chamberchorus.org, or call 636-458-4343.
Here is a very nice review by Gary Higginson of the recent Lyrita album featuring works by Rebecca Clarke and John York performed by Raphael Wallfisch (cello) and John York (piano)!
This marks only the second released recording of Clarke’s unpublished, monumental Rhapsody for Cello and Piano!
Please click here to read the review!
Thank you all for your interest and support of the wonderful British American composer!
Also, for you Rebecca Clarke fans on this special day, here is an article featuring interview highlights with the Founder and President of the Rebecca Clarke Society, Dr. Liane Curtis!! The article entitled “Liane Curtis on the Brilliant and Elusive Art of Rebecca Clarke” is part of Symphony of a City: Perspectives on Classical Music in Southern California and Beyond by Néstor Castiglione.
Radio Harrow Broadcast (7/20/17) – “Nice and Easy with Richard Wyborn” – Interview about Rebecca Clarke with Dr. Liane Curtis!by Chris Trotman - July 20th, 2017
Listen to the Radio Harrow broadcast – “Nice and Easy with Richard Wyborn” as he discusses Rebecca Clarke during his interview with Dr. Liane Curtis, the founder and president of The Rebecca Clarke Society!
You may listen to the archived broadcast recording at the following link – http://listenagain.radioharrow.org/index.php?id=10331
Love and Loss, Romantic Music for Piano and Strings Featuring Clarke’s Duo for Viola and Cello and Other Works!by Chris Trotman - July 7th, 2017
The Cultural Arts Coalition presents: Love and Loss, Romantic Music for Piano and Strings, Sunday, July, 9th, 5:00pm, Studio Around the Corner, Brewster NY.
Jennifer Tao (piano), Robert Zubrycki (violin), Adria Benjamin (viola) and Katherine Cherbas (cello) will perform Rebecca Clarke’s Duo for viola and cello as well as Clara Schumann’s Romance for violin and piano, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Trio élégiaque in G Minor and Johannes Brahms’ Quartet for Piano and Strings in C Minor.
Check it out on the BBC Radio 3 site here!
Clarke’s song “Lethe” will be part of the concert on Saturday 20th May 2017, 11.30am entitled HANDS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC.
Her song “Infant Joy” will be part of the concert on Sunday 21st May 2017, 3.30pm entitled CHILDHOOD AMONG THE FERNS: Family Values in Song.
Both concerts will take place in the Ludlow assembly rooms located at Mill St, Ludlow, UK, SY8 1AZ. Tickets prices are £25 / £22 / £12.50 / £11. For more information, please click here.
The Angeles Concerts Artists Chamber Music Series will feature works by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Samuel Barber!by Chris Trotman - May 5th, 2017
The Angeles Concerts Artists Chamber Music Series will feature works by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Samuel Barber!
Their concert will take place this Sunday, May 7 at 4pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012). The performance includes the following:
A.BEACH – S.BARBER: SONGS FOR SOPRANO & PIANO
S.BARBER: “ADAGIO” FOR STRINGS IN B FLAT MINOR
R.CLARKE: TRIO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO & PIANO
R.CLARKE: “THREE MOVEMENTS” FOR TWO VIOLINS & PIANO
A.BEACH: PIANO QUINTET IN F SHARP MINOR OP 67
Ticket prices are $85 (student $45) for the Concert and La Conversation. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Violist David Aaron Carpenter Will Present All-Female Composer Concert Including Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata!by Chris Trotman - March 21st, 2017
Awarding-winning violist David Aaron Carpenter, together with pianist Weiyin Chen, will present an all-female composer program entitled “Naumburg Looks Back” that includes works spanning from the 19th Century to the 21st Century! The program is listed below and concludes with Rebecca Clarke’s monumental Viola Sonata!
CLARA SCHUMANN (1819-1896) Three Romances, arr. by David Aaron Carpenter
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS (b. 1964) Incantation for Solo Viola
JENNIFER HIGDON (b. 1962) Sonata for Viola and Piano
JOAN TOWER (b. 1938) Wild Purple for Solo Viola
LERA AUERBACH (b. 1973) Postlude for Viola and Piano
FANNY MENDELSSOHN (1805-1847) Adagio for Viola and Piano, arr. by David Aaron Carpenter
REBECCA CLARKE (1886-1979) Viola Sonata
The concert will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 7:30pm, at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.
The concert is presented by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.
Tickets: $20; $10 for students and seniors on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office or CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7899
For more information, click here.
The Orion Ensemble will play Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio (1921) and Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola (1941) once more!by Chris Trotman - March 17th, 2017
Praised by the Chicago Classical Review for their concert program that is “venturesome, avoiding the usual repertorial suspects,” the Orion Ensemble will perform their “Connections” program one last time this Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:30 PM at the Music Institute of Chicago (Nichols Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL). The program includes both the Piano Trio and Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola by Rebecca Clarke, as well as works by Mahler and Kritz!
For more information about buying tickets, etc., please visit their website.
“This is one of the greatest pieces ever written – but you’ve probably never heard it.” In celebration of International Women’s Day yesterday, Classical FM championed Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata! Listen to it now performed by the renowned violist Jennifer Stumm on their website.
Recent events, such as the January 21 Women’s March, reveal a growing awareness of women as targets of abuse and inequality. As women (and men) rise up to fight these injustices, it is also time for the symphonic world to examine and revise the practices of systematically excluding music composed by women.
We at Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (WPA) offer our performance grants to help orchestras address this situation and strive for programming that is vital, diverse and inclusive.
Applications are now being accepted for our Spring 2017 Performance Grants, with awards of $500 to $1000 available to all U.S. orchestras. The deadline is March 10 and the application form is available here. Applicants will receive notification of their status on March 31, and checks are mailed to successful applicants within two weeks.
Grants awarded in the Spring 2017 cycle will be for performances from June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019 — the idea being to allow (and encourage) planning two seasons ahead (even for summer festivals). We plan to continue offering our grants in both the Spring and Fall in order to accommodate the planning processes of more ensembles.
Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization founded to continue the legacy of The Women’s Philharmonic (1980-2004). Committed to honoring and advocating for the work of historic and contemporary women composers, our Performance Grants are central to our mission. We promote the performance of unjustly neglected music and encourage orchestras to engage in adventurous and inclusive programming beyond the familiar masterpieces.
All U.S. orchestras – community, professional, and youth – are eligible to receive funding. We suggest that applicants plan to perform more than one work by a woman, and include at least one historic work. Repertoire suggestions are here, including links to music publishers and recordings.
As orchestras strive to invigorate audiences and reinforce the continued relevance and value of the symphonic tradition, WPA hopes to help ensembles broaden their programming and present concerts more reflective of the rich and diverse history of classical music. There are countless underperformed musical treasures deserving to be heard in concert halls.
Find more information and the online application at www.wophil.org/grants. Contact [email protected] with any questions you may have. We look forward to receiving your application, and we wish your orchestra great success in making future discoveries!
In addition to our performance grants, we have another great piece of news! WPA is launching a music publishing project: Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications will help make more music accessible and available through carefully edited and affordable orchestral scores and parts. On our website (under the “Repertoire” link), we are offering performance materials by composers including Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, Rebecca Clarke, and Elfrida Andrée.
The Horszowski Trio will perform Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio as well as Trios by Beethoven and Mendelssohn tomorrow, Sunday, February 19 in the Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building at University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Beckwith Recital Hall at 7:30pm.
Tickets for the concert are available at the Kenan Box Office through Friday afternoon, online, or at the door. The Cultural Arts Building Box Office opens at 6:30 on Sunday evening for door purchases.
For more information, click here.
Highly-esteemed Lincoln Trio Nominated for Grammy for Their Album, “Trios From Our Homelands,” which Features Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio!by Chris Trotman - December 12th, 2016
Congratulations to the highly-esteemed Lincoln Trio for having their recently-released album, “Trios From Our Homelands,” nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance (category 77)!!
The celebrated Chicago chamber ensemble’s new album, which features Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio, honors its families’ national origins on a highly personal new album of substantial 20th-century piano trios by composers from England, Armenia, and Switzerland.
“Trios From Our Homelands,” the Lincoln Trio’s third album for Cedille Records, was released on August 12, 2016 (Cedille Records CDR 90000 165). Learn more about this CD at Cedillerecords.org.
You may learn more about them by visiting the ensemble’s website – http://www.lincolntrio.com/index.php
In an effort to support and promote performances of orchestral works by historical and contemporary women composers, like the Ruth Lomon orchestration of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is offering Performance Grants again this year! Apply by Oct. 14.
Grants page — http://www.wophil.org/grants/
Awards of $500 to $1000 available to all U.S. orchestras. The goal of these grants is to influence future programming; thus funding awarded in the Fall 2016 cycle must be utilized in the 2017 and/or 2018 calendar years.
Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization founded to continue the legacy of The Women’s Philharmonic (1980-2004). Committed to honoring and advocating for the work of historic and contemporary women composers, our Performance Grants are central to our mission. We promote the performance of unjustly neglected music and encourage orchestras to engage in adventurous and inclusive programming.
Join Barbara Hesse-Bachmaier (mezzo-soprano), Sylvia Hewig-Tröscher (piano) and Susanne Weinhöppel (harp) for an evening of chamber music for voice, piano and harp on romantic, religious and mystical themes. The concert will include three songs by Rebecca Clarke – “Weep You No More, Sad Fountains,” “The Cherry-Blossom Wand” and “Tiger, Tiger” as well as works by Robert Delanoff, Violeta Dinescu, Max Beckschäfer, Stanislav Rosenberg, Dorothea Hofmann and others.
The event will take place on October 8, 2016 at 19:30 in the small concert hall in Gasteig in Munich, Germany (Rosenheimer Str. 5, 81667 München, DE). Tickets are € 11. For more information, please click here.
Interest continues to build in the music of the exceptionally talented British-American violist and composer, Rebecca Clarke. Two exciting new CD albums containing and even featuring her works have recently been released just in time for her birthday!
(1) Released on July 8, 2016, the Dutton Vocalion album (CDLX7329) includes the Hallé Orchestra and virtuoso violist Sarah-Jane Bradley performing the first ever commercially-released recording of Ruth Lomon’s orchestrated version of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata as well as world premieres of works by Benjamin Dale, Richard Walthew and Harry Waldo Warner. According to Dutton Vocalion, “Ruth Lomon’s orchestration of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata is splendidly authentic, emphasising the romantic sensibility latent in Clarke’s piano score.” This album will soon be available for purchase (listening samples available now!) via The Rebecca Clarke Society webshop – http://www.rebeccaclarke.org/shop-rebecca-clarke/
The score of the Ruth Lomon orchestration (and parts for performance) are available here – http://www.rebeccaclarke.org/concerto/
Also, Clarke fans outside of the U.S. may purchase the CD on the website of the CD company, http://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=CDLX7329, but we do hope that those in the U.S. will buy it on our website (where it will be available very soon!)
(2) Released on August 12, 2016, the Lyrita album (SRCD.354) features all of Clarke’s cello works performed by renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch and pianist John York. This marks only the second commercially-released recording of Clarke’s monumental Rhapsody for cello and piano! The album is available via the usual places (Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, etc.) and more information may be found here – http://www.allmusic.com/album/rebecca-clarke-music-for-cello-piano-mw0002965754
A New CD Album Featuring the Cello Works by Rebecca Clarke Was Just Released on August 12, 2016! Check It Out!by Chris Trotman - August 17th, 2016
Cellist Raphael Wallfisch and pianist John York collaborate to bring Clarke’s expressive, dynamic and extremely colorful music to life!
This album, produced by the Lyrita label, includes a second recording of Clarke’s monumental Rhapsody for cello and piano, which unfortunately remains unpublished.
For more information, click here.
Highly-esteemed Lincoln Trio has released its new album today, which features Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio! Celebrated Chicago chamber ensemble Lincoln Trio honors its families’ national origins on a highly personal new album of substantial 20th-century piano trios by composers from England, Armenia, and Switzerland.
“Trios From Our Homelands,” the Lincoln Trio’s third album for Cedille Records, was released today, August 12 (Cedille Records CDR 90000 165).
For more information, click here.
Acclaimed violin and piano duo Sophia Bartlette and Amoret Abis return for their third Brighton Fringe recital to celebrate women composers. The programme will consist of an exciting, eclectic mix of genres and great works, such as REBECCA CLARKE’s “Midsummer Moon” and “Lullaby,” Amy Beach‘s “Romance, Op. 23” and “Invocation, Op. 55” as well as works by Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Ann Bartholomew, Ethel Barns and Lili Boulanger!
The event will take place on 14 May at 17:00 at Roedean Chapel,
Roedean School, Roedean Way, Brighton, East Sussex,
BN2 5RQ and tickets are £10 (£7.50).
ALSO, a shorter concert by the same duo and consisting of much of the same music will take place twice at 2 venues in Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe:
St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, Edinburgh
13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA on Tue 16 Aug (19:30 – 20:30). Ticket info: £7.50 (£5) / 0131 225 3847
Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh
7b Saxe Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5BN on Sun 14 Aug (16:00 – 17:00). Ticket info: £7.50 (£5) / 0131 332 0122
Alexandria Festival of the Lakes Concert Series Will Feature Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus for Viola and Piano!by Chris Trotman - August 2nd, 2016
Alexandria Festival of the Lakes Concert Series will feature Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus for Viola and Piano performed by David Auerbach (viola) and Sonja Thompson (piano)!
The second Festival concert will take place this Saturday, August 6, 7:00 PM at Alexandria United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Ave East
Alexandria, MN. The concert will also include works by Mozart, Debussy, JS Bach, Marcel Tornier, Carlos Salzedo and Andre Jolivet.
Tickets are $15 for adults and FREE for students for concert evenings only. (Free student tickets will not be released in advance.) All seats are General Admission.
For more information, click here.
Review in The Strad Praising the Recently-released CD Album, Rebecca Clarke: Works for Viola by Duo Rùnyaby Chris Trotman - June 27th, 2016
Here is a glowing review in The Strad praising the recently-released CD Album, Rebecca Clarke: Works for Viola by Duo Rùnya: Diana Bonatesta (viola) Arianna Bonatesta (piano) with Gabriele Campagna (violin)! For the full review, click here.
Chintimini Chamber Music Festival Concert Will Feature Songs by Rebecca Clarke, As Well As Works by Amy Beach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert & Kerry Turner.by Chris Trotman - June 23rd, 2016
Chintimini Chamber Music Festival concert will feature “Three Old English Songs” by REBECCA CLARKE, as well as works by Amy Beach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert & Kerry Turner. The Festival Concert will take place tomorrow, Friday, June 24, 7:30 pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Rd, Corvallis, OR 97333.
Tickets – ADULT ADMISSION: Single concert $24, Season Tickets (all 5 concerts): $95; STUDENTS (Current High School & College) Free with ID. No ticket needed; YOUNGER STUDENTS Free, accompanied by an adult. No ticket needed for the student.
For more information, click here.
A concert dedicated to Rebecca Clarke’s music for viola and pianoforte will be held in St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sunday, 17th July 2016 at 6pm as part of the St. Giles’ at Six music season. The programme by Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), a composer best known for championing the viola, will include her complete works for viola and piano – Sonata for Viola and Piano, Morpheus and other Shorter Pieces.
The performance will be given in Scotland by Italians Marco Giubileo, a viola player with La Scala Orchestra Filarmonica in Milan, Italy and Giuliano Bellorini, a professor in pianoforte at the Milan Music Conservatory.
It is believed to be free admission. For more information, please click here.
On Saturday, June 18, the Arts Institute of Western Maine is sponsoring a Maine Mountain Chamber Music concert featuring flutist Lisa Hennessy and Maine Mountain Chamber Music co-directors Laurie Kennedy on viola and Yuri Funahashi on the piano.
They will perform the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Sergei Prokofiev, the Sonata for Viola and Piano by REBECCA CLARKE, and works by Maurice Duruflé and Ernest Bloch for flute, viola and piano. The concert will be held in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The concert is sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine. Admission is $12 / free for 18 & under and for students with ID. For more information, please call 207-491-0768
For more information, click here.
Worcester Chamber Music Society Summer Concert will feature Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano as well as works by Bach, Britten and Shostakovichby Chris Trotman - June 4th, 2016
Worcester Chamber Music Society Summer Concert entitled “Fancies and Phantasies” will feature violinst, Katherine Winterstein, oboist, Demetrios Karamintzas, and pianist, Jonathan Yasuda. Their program will include REBECCA CLARKE’s Sonata for Viola and Piano as well as works by Bach, Britten and Shostakovich.
The event will take place Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM at Clark University, Razzo Hall | Traina Center for the Arts (92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA 01610). There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM given by Rohan Gregory.
Tickets: $32 Adults, $30 Seniors, $10 Students, Free for Youth under 17. Purchase both concerts for a 20% discount. Enter code WCMSSummer16 at checkout.
For more information, click here.
Several Works by Rebecca Clarke Will Be Performed near Her Birthplace of the London Borough of Harrow, UK!by Chris Trotman - May 18th, 2016
On Tuesday, June 7 at 7:45pm, members of the Pinner Parish Church Choir, under the direction of Michael Turvey, and soloists Fiona Canfield (soprano), Anton Rich (tenor), Rebecca Boyle (violin) and John Wyatt (piano) will perform several works by Rebecca Clarke and others. This concert is partially funded by The Rebecca Clarke Society!
Works by Clarke will include “Ave Maria,” Violin Miniatures, Dumka (duet with viola), “The Seal Man,” “God Made a Tree,” and “I know Where I’m Going.”
The concert will take place at Pinner Parish Church, Church Lane
Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3AA. Tickets are £12.00 for adults and £6.00 for 18 and under.
For more information, click here.
The Oxford May Music Festival will include REBECCA CLARKE’s Viola Sonata as well as chamber works by Beethoven and Dvořák. The concert entitled “A Mixed Bagatelle” will take place on Friday, April 29 at 20:00 (8pm) in the Holywell Music Room at Holywell Street Oxford, OX1 3SA United Kingdom.
Oxford May Music is a music, science and arts festival that celebrates culture and human achievements. The festival is from April 27 – May 2. Evening concert tickets are £20 (senior citizens & concessions £15).
The Albany Piano Trio will play the latest First Saturdays concert in the York Late Music series at the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, UK tomorrow night, April 2 at 7.30pm.
Gemma Sharples (violin), Verity Evanson (cello), and Pippa Harrison (piano) will perform REBECCA CLARKE’s passionate and inventive Piano Trio from 1921; York composer Nicola LeFanu’s A Postcard And A Letter, for solo piano; Sadie Harrison’s Four Jazz Portraits; Judith Weir’s O Viridissima and Helen Grime’s Three Whistler Miniatures. Also, Late Music administrator Steve Crowther has composed a new work for violin and cello and the world premiere of David Lancaster’s Hiraeth will be given too.
Lancaster will discuss his new work in a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm, accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine or juice. Tickets cost £10, concessions £8, students £3, online at latemusic.org or on the door.
James Pryzgocki, UW professor of music, and guest artist Diego Caetano, instructor of piano at Casper College, will perform a free concert Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts recital hall. “The French Influence: Romantic Music for Viola and Piano” will feature modern works for viola and piano by English composer and violist REBECCA CLARKE and French-Belgian violinist Henri Vieuxtemps.
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Musicians of Ma’alwyck presents a very special collaborative concert with the Siena College Chorus and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Timothy Reno celebrating the Suffragettes and the bicentennial of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Entitled a “Declaration of Sentiments,” the concert will feature works of American female composers Marion Bauer (Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, and Pieces for solo flute perhaps world premiere performances) and Amy Beach (Theme & Variations for Flute and String Quartet–an incredible piece of chamber music) and Daybreak of English composer REBECCA CLARKE (who spent the final decade of her life in America). Soprano Jean Leonard will be the soloist. We are also delighted to present the world premiere of “Are women people?” by Kathleen Ballantyne, a work based on Suffragette texts. Commissioned by Siena College for this concert, the work is scored for chorus, vocal soloists and string quartet.
The concert will also include a reading by newscaster and documentary maker Elaine Houston of the seminal Suffrage movement document “Declaration of Sentiments,” whose principal author was Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
The events will take place at Druthers Brewery, 1053 Broadway, Albany, New York on Sunday, March 20 – (1) A Pre-Concert Lecture will be at 2:00 p.m. (FREE with ticket), (2) the concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and (3) Dinner will follow the concert at 5:00 p.m. Concert ticket only: $15 for adults, $5 for students (regular seating, no special beer tasting). Additional VIP concert tickets and amenities are available – please click here for more information.
Diana Bonatesta (viola) and Arianna Bonatesta (piano) of Duo Rúnya play the works for viola and piano by Rebecca Clarke, which includes the Viola Sonata, two Lullabies, Untitled Piece, Chinese Puzzle, Passacaglia on an Old English Tune, I’ll bid My Heart Be Still and Morpheus. They are joined by Gabriele Campagna (Violin) on Dumka for violin, viola and piano.
This new CD album will be released on April 8, 2016 and will be available on various sites, such as ArkivMusic, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
20th International Festival of Women Composers Concert at University of Florida – College of the Artsby Chris Trotman - March 3rd, 2016
In celebration of Women’s History Month, this concert is of 19th, 20th and 21st-century chamber and vocal music by the following female composers: May Aufderheide (USA), Amy Beach (USA), Lili Boulanger (France), Cécile Chaminade (France), REBECCA CLARKE (England), Emily Daymond (England), Louise Farrenc (France), Sheila Forrester (Canada), Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (Germany), Margaret Ruthven Lang (USA), Alma Mahler (Germany), Clara Schumann (Germany), Jan Wade-Littrup (USA) and Ruth Zechlin (Germany).
The event will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at UF School of Music, Room 101. Admission is free.
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The Lincoln Trio – Desiree Ruhstrat (violin), David Cunliffe (cello) and Marta Aznavoorian (piano) – will return to Coastal Concerts to perform a concert of intriguing gems for piano trio by REBECCA CLARKE, Frank Martin and Joaquin Turína.
The concert will take place on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church hall at the corner of Fourth and Market streets in Lewes, Delaware.
Tickets are $30. Ages 10-18, and one adult per youth are admitted free with advance reservations. To make a reservation, call 888-212-6458. Admission for $10 is available at the door to students 19 years and older as well as active and retired career military. ID must be shown to receive a discount.
For online tickets and more information, go to coastalconcerts.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance (all forms of payment accepted) or in advance (cash only) at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, the Inn at Canal Square, Lewes Gourmet/Puzzles and Teller Wines.
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Here is a recent article entitled “Text and Musical Gesture in the Choral Music of Rebecca Clarke” that was published in the Choral Journal by Marin Jacobson (Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Concordia University, Irvine, California).
Click here to view the PDF article.
QUAL PIUMA AL VENTO: presentato il nuovo festival trentino, dal 4 al 31 marzo (WHAT FEATHER IN THE WIND: presents the new Trentino festival, March 4 to 31 – includes REBECCA CLARKE’s Piano Trio)
S’inaugura dunque venerdì 4 marzo presso la Sala del Falconetto a Palazzo Geremia: alle ore 18.00 con un dibattito sulle Donne in Musica, ospite d’eccezione la musicologa inglese Patricia Adkins Chiti intervistata dalla giornalista RAI Stella Antonucci; mentre alla sera, alle ore 21.00, si terrà un concerto con il Trio Dafne (violino – violoncello – pianoforte) che eseguirà musiche di Clara Schumann e Rebecca Clarke.
(Thus inaugurated Friday, March 4 at the Falconetto room in the Palazzo Jeremiah at 18:00 with a debate on Women in Music, special guest the English musicologist Patricia Adkins Chiti interviewed by RAI journalist Stella Antonucci; In the evening, at 21:00, there will be a concert with the Trio Dafne (violin – cello – piano) who will perform music by Clara Schumann and Rebecca Clarke.)
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Hartley Piano Trio: British Piano Trios – this album includes one of the finest recordings of the Clarke Piano Trio! Here is the opening movement – I. Moderato ma appassionato.
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And now! Our first announcement: We received news of a wonderful concert that will take place in Paris, France, on Oct. 18. The mezzo-soprano Lucie Louvrier writes us with her plans of a recital featuring songs by Clarke, Alma Mahler, and Lili Boulanger.
Performing with pianist Anna Guyénot, the recital will take place at the American Cathedral in (23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France), at 4 pm, and is free of charge. Louvrier discovered Clarke’s music when completing her MMus in Vocal Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, and she is happy now to share these English songs with French audiences.
In building this programme we wanted to perform music by several European women composers of the same era, to put each of them in perspective and show three different female artists’ fates of that time, whose musical languages are truly unique yet bare some similarities. … We would be very happy for our recital to contribute to Rebecca Clarke’s music being more widely known, especially in France where the English song repertoire in general is so rarely performed.