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Women Composers and the Chicago Symphony

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ClassGraphic The History of Female Composers is a surprisingly long and rich one, especially within the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From the days of Ancient Greece and the music of Sappho (who set her poetry to music) to the current works being written for orchestras around the world, female composers have created a varied and rich body of work, despite the obstacles put in their way. In this study group, we will discuss many of these women composers, focusing in depth on composers such as the Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, Amy Beach, and others who wrote for the CSO such as Florence Price who was the first African American female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. The CSO has a sterling history of women Composers-in-Residence such as Jessie Montgomery whose new piece for the CSO will receive its world premiere in May. In addition to listening to music via YouTube and other publicly available sources, we will have discussions and OLLI member-led presentations, visits from Chicago Symphony staff, and attend two free in-person rehearsals of Maestro Muti conducting the CSO on May 11 and June 15. Including the rehearsals, this is a 11-week study group starting April 6.

Class Details

10 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Matthew Corey2.Denise Stauder 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/6/2023 - 6/8/2023 Weekly - Thu 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Denise Stauder  ; Matthew Corey 
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