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Music of women composers for carillon - Who was First to do What!

  1. Wednesday December 8 6:30pm
Burton Memorial Tower

Gather outdoors on Ingalls Mall to hear a prelude from the Burton Tower carillon of music by the first women to break carillon glass ceilings in the early 20th century

At 7:15 join a pre-concert lecture and the 8:00PM performance by Concert Band and special guests, “Let Woman Choose Her Sphere.” This concert utilizes the centenary of the ratification of the 19th amendment as an opportunity to showcase the broader fight for equality throughout this country’s history to the present day. It is well known that only white women gained the right to vote in 1920, and the fight for truly universal suffrage continued in earnest for decades. But suffrage alone is not enough, and the fight for equality in all areas of public and private life continues. We celebrate the voices of those who have stood up and spoken out for rights in America. From Jane Adams to Janet Mock, this event is for ALL.

Prelude for Bells (1934)
Gladys Elinor Watkins (1884-1939)
First appointed carillonist in New Zealand
Zoe (Kai Wai) Lei, Doctoral student in Organ: Sacred Music

Ave Maria (1929)
Adèle Colson (1905-1997)
First woman to earn a carillon diploma
Christine El-Hage, Doctoral student in Organ: Sacred Music

Meidansje (1920)
Catharina Van Rennes (1858-1940)
First woman to publish a carillon score

Jerusalem, from Triptiek (1951)
Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman (1892-1971)
First woman to publish carillon compositions with leading Dutch new music publisher Donemus
Michelle Lam, Doctoral student in Economics

La Puertorriqueña: Reverie (1896)
Sister Marie Seraphine (Frances) Gotay (1865-1932)
arr. Rachel Barton Pine and Tiffany Ng
Born in Puerto Rico and the only Black woman composer known to be active in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century
Jackson Merrill, Master’s student in Organ Performance

Air, from Three Short Pieces (1959) (1:00)
Jean W. Miller (1916-1964)
First woman to publish her compositions in North America and first blind woman composer to write for carillon
Yiqing (Mitty) Ma, Doctoral student in Music Theory

Variations on ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ (1976)
The tune of ‘Let Woman Choose Her Sphere’
Leen ‘t Hart (1920-1992)
Eva Albalghiti, Doctoral student in Environmental Engineering

Free - no tickets required - In Person