The public is invited to daily performances, like this one in 2018, at Mississippi University for Women's Poindexter Hall during the university's Music By Women Festival. Free concerts are at 10 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Photo by: Courtesy photo
March 2, 2019 10:08:00 PM
Mississippi University for Women will host its third annual Music by Women Festival Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9. This international event is dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women composers historically as well as in the present day.
As part of the festival, there will be 12 concerts spread throughout the three days, all free and open to the public. The concerts will take place at 10 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Between the concerts, there will be concurrent lecture recitals and papers presented. The public must register to attend these sessions. All events will take place in Poindexter Hall on The W's campus.
"The public is cordially invited to celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8) by listening to beautiful music performed by some of the greatest musicians of our time," said MUW Department of Music Chair and Artistic Director for the Music by Women Festival Julia Mortyakova.
Some of the artists from this year include music faculty from the Eastman School of Music, Duke University, Florida State University, McGill University, Korea National University of Arts, University of Wisconsin, University of South Dakota, University of Miami, Metropolitan University of Denver and many others.
The presentation topics include exploration of the life and works of individual women composers from different regions, cultures, time periods and musical genres. Other topics include gender discrimination in the classical performance sphere, composer advocacy and various pedagogical ideas. While the topics are meant for a musically engaged audience, the subjects will also be of interest to anyone studying history in general and the contributions of women in particular. Most research presented in the papers and lecture recitals places the people and compositions discussed in a historical setting and explores the influences of society, politics, religion and how they had an effect on the composer and her work. The sessions also analyze the reception of the composer's work during her lifetime, as well as after her death. Therefore, although the festival describes the work of women composers, the overarching topic is the status, contribution and the reception of women in general throughout history.
"There will be something of interest for everyone," said Mortyakova.
This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This project is also supported in part by funding from the Columbus Arts Council.
For more information, including a complete schedule of events, and to register for the festival, visit muw.edu/musicbywomen.
For questions regarding the festival, contact Mortyakova, artistic director, at [email protected]
IF YOU GO:
WHO: Mississippi University for Women
WHAT: Music by Women Festival (concerts, lecture recitals, papers)
WHEN: Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, various times
WHERE: MUW's Poindexter Hall
ADMISSION: Free, but must register for lecture recitals/paper presentations at muw.edu/musicbywomen
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