Simsbury Public Library
Join composer and pianist Juli Hall and her husband, cellist David Sims as you meet women composers Hildegard von Bingen (born more than 900 years ago!), Clara Wieck Schumann (wife of the composer Robert Schumann), Fanny Mendelssohn (sister of the composer Felix Mendelssohn), early 20th century American composer Amy Beach (a piano prodigy who soloed with the Boston Symphony at the age of 15!), and one of the greatest living woman composers, the American Joan Tower. We’ll hear Soprano Dawn Upshaw, Mezzo Soprano Jan de Gaetani, pianist Martha Argerich, guitarist Sharon Isbin, cellist Jacqueline du Pre, harpist Nancy Allen, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and the outstanding women’s vocal quartet Anonymous 4. We’ll also watch videos of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the highly gifted Labeque sisters performing concertos by Bach.
Juli Hall received her Master’s degree in music composition from the Yale School of Music. Her music has been performed in 2 dozen countries on 4 continents. David Sims also received a Master’s from Yale. He has performed in several symphony orchestras in Connecticut, was on the faculty of the June in Buffalo seminar for young composers and was a guest performer at the North American New Music Festival. He is a website designer as well as a musician. This program is free and open to all. Please pre-register at 860-658-7663 x2200 or www.simsburylibrary.info.