March 8, 2020, 2 pm Music by Women Composers

March 8, 2020, 2 pm Music by Women Composers

                   Music for All Seasons at Peterloon

In Celebration of International Women’s Day

Ariadne Antipa, piano Yaoyue Huang, piano
Jacob Miller, piano Amber R. Monroe, soprano
Kanako Shimasaki, violin Miriam K. Smith, cello

Fanny Mendelssohn Adagio for Violin and Piano
Clara Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano
Teresa Carreño Three Waltzes
Nadia Boulanger Three Pieces for Cello and Piano
Agathe Grøndahl Klaverstykker    Florence B. Price Songs



Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847) sister of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy continued to write over 460 compositions after her marriage to artist Wilhelm Hensel.

Clara Schumann (1819 –1896) is considered one of the finest concert pianists of her time and one of the most distinguished musicians of her generation. Her musical career spanned 61 years, during 19 of which she was married to Robert Schumann, becoming mother to three children while continuing to concertize.

The young Chinese pianist Yaoyue Yuang has performed throughout the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Israel, Italy, Spain, and in the United States, where she has been a guest artist with several orchestras. She is the co-artistic director of the 2019 Clara Schumann Project in Shenzhen, China, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at CCM.

Ohio-born Kanako Shimasaki has performed across the United States and abroad. A founding member of “Three,” a cross-genre trio with pianist Luke Gillespie and her sister, violinist Mariko Shimasaki, Kanako is the co-artistic director of Immaculata Chamber Music Series. Kanakois pursuing her DMA degree, while working as a teaching assistant on the faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department.

Teresa Carreño (1853 –1917) was a Venezuelan pianist, soprano, composer, and conductor who over the course of her 54-year concert career, came to be known as the “Valkyrie of the Piano.”

Nadia Boulanger (1887 –1979) taught composition at her home in Paris to Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Darius Milhaud, Daniel Barenboim, John Eliot Gardiner, Philip Glass, Lalo Schifrin, Astor Piazzolla, Quincy Jones, and Michel Legrand in addition to conducting and composing.

Miriam K. Smith made her orchestral debut at age 8, and has since performed with orchestras and numerous recitals. She is 13 years old, and her primary studies have been with CCM’s Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty since she began studying cello at age four.

Agathe Backer Grøndahl (1847-1907) played a major role in the golden age of Norwegian music, composing over 400 pieces and promoting Norwegian music as a close friend of Edvard Grieg.

Ariadne Antipa has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, recently touring South Africa and Zimbabwe with Music Inspire Africa, concertizing and giving free private lessons to young people. Ariadne is now pursuing an Artist Diploma at CCM, when not involved in her other passions: Greek folk music and dances.

Florence B. Price (1887-1953) was the first African-American woman recognized as a serious composer, and first to have one of her compositions played major orchestra – the Chicago Symphony Orchestra..

Amber R. Monroe is “The possessor of a crystalline lyric soprano and a superb singing actress ( Seen and Heard-International) Amber has appeared with the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Western Reserve, Oberlin in Italy, and most recently with the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.

There will be a reception with the artists immediately following the end of the concert to which the audience is cordially invited.


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