Community Women's Orchestra - Spring Concert Celebrating Women's Health
- Peggy Glanville-Hicks*(1912-1990):Sinfonia da Pacifica (1953)
2012 edition (premier)
- Max Bruch(1838-1920): Romanze op. 85 for Viola and Orchestra (1912)
Featuring CWO Alumna Whitney Smith on Viola
- Richard Wagner(1813-1883): Rienzi Overture (1842)
Born: May 22, 1813
- Ludwig van Beethoven(1770-1827): Symphony No. 7, 2nd movement. (1813)
Featuring "Conductor for a Day" winner
The Community Women's Orchestra (CWO), now in its 27th season, presents its annual Spring Concert. In addition to performing standards of the orchestral repertoire, CWO features music by female composers on each of its programs as part of an ongoing Women Composers Series*.
Recently, another CWO member was diagnosed with breast cancer. In response, the orchestra has to decided to dedicate it's Spring Concert to the celebration of Women's Health and contribute 100% of ticket sales to the Oakland-based Women's Cancer Resource Center.
All survivors and their supporters are welcome to join us in sharing the healing power of music and community. For more information, please visit: http://www.communitywomensorchestra.org. And see Box Offices Notes below.
Details On Our Program:
The Spring Concert includes SINFONIA DA PACIFICA by Australian-American composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990), honoring her centenary.
CWO's conductor Kathleen McGuire, who is also an Australian-American, said: "I met Peggy Glanville-Hicks in Australia in the mid-1980s. I'm excited to be resurrecting this magnificent work as we celebrate her remarkable contributions to music." The Sinfonia was written in 1952-1953 while the composer was traveling in the Pacific region. CWO will premiere McGuire's new edition of the work.
Also notable is the 200th anniversary of BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 7, composed in 1812. Bill Rudiak - who will become the first man ever to conduct CWO in concert - will direct the 2nd Movement, which was encored by public demand at its premiere in Vienna.
"I've always wanted to conduct an orchestra and it's a great experience to be working with such a fine group of dedicated players," said Mr. Rudiak. "Beethoven's Seventh is one of the lions of the symphonic repertoire and the composer himself regarded it as 'one of his best works'." Rudiak won CWO's annual "Conductor-For-A-Day" auction, which will be held again at the Spring Concert.
The orchestra is excited to welcome back violist Whitney Smith, performing the solo in Max Bruch's ROMANZE. Smith, a former member of CWO, performs professionally and is completing her master of music degree at San Francisco State University. Ms. Smith said: "I am so pleased to have the opportunity to perform with the Community Women's Orchestra, a group of women who have been both instrumental and inspiring to my musical career." The CWO performance commemorates the piece's 100th anniversary.
The concert will open with Wagner's RIENZI OVERTURE and it's empowering and emotional themes, just two days shy of the composer's May 22 birthday.
Live Auction Notes:
If you ever wanted to experience what it is like to conduct an orchestra, come see Bill Rudiak, our Season 26 "Conductor for a Day" winner, and bid on a chance to be this year's winner. Other Auction Items include:
- An African Safari
- A Camping Adventure in Mendicino
- Brunch with one of our Conductors
Box Office Notes:
100% of all Box Office Receipts will be Donated to support Breast Cancer Health Services. Please choose a ticket price that expressess a donation level you wish to contribute to this worthy effort and organization - The Women's Cancer Resource Center of Oakland.
CWO provides female orchestral musicians with the opportunity to enjoy a welcoming, and non-competitive music-making environment; performing programs that feature fan favorites, contemporary female composers, and rarely performed historical works.
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