UA hosts month-long women’s music festival


The University of Arkansas will celebrate Women’s History Month with the launch of a month-long festival highlighting the major role that women have played in the art of music.

“SHE, A Festival of Women in Music” features nine events, including performances of Western art music and contemporary music, guest lectures and a one-woman play.

Ronda Mains, chair of the university’s music department, said the festival will recognize women across the field with an array of music featuring women composers and performers.

“Music often breaks down the barriers that separate us,” said Mains. “SHE makes room for audiences to hear new sounds, to feature composers of fame and lesser-known stature, and to amplify exceptional stories — all drawing attention to compositions by women, works inspired by women, and music for women.”

Mains said the festival will also cross borders, evoke an emotional response, and prompt historical and cultural memories for the audience.

The festival kicks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, with a faculty collage concert at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature several faculty musicians in a performance of chamber music and solo repertory, and will highlight the creative output of female composers including Andrea Clearfield, Rhonda Larson, Lori Laitman, Grazyna Bacewicz, Cécile Chaminade, Christine K. Brückner, Margaret Garwood and Noelia Escalzo.

A celebratory reception will follow the performance at the Faulkner Center.

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SHE, A Festival of Women in Music

March 5 – In Collaboration: A Collage Concert Featuring U of A Music Faculty
March 6 – U of A Soul Band Tribute to Women in Contemporary Music
March 7 – Guest Lecture: Susan Milan
March 7 – The Other Mozart
March 8 – Guest Artist Recital: Susan Milan
March 10 – Blue-Dreams, Nights…: Miroslava Panayotova
March 14 – Her Voice: Theresa Delaplain
March 29 – Music By, For and About Women: Moon-Soon Park
March 30 – Women’s Voices: A Collage Concert of U of A Music Students