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Philharmonia Northwest: Songs of Life – Music by Female Composers, Past & Present

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Sunday, October 6, 2019 (PDT) @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Philharmonia Northwest

Emily Doolittle – Reedbird for winds and brass
Sheila Silver – Being In Life – Concerto for French horn and Alpenhorn, Tibetan singing bowls, and string orchestra (new commission)
Amy Beach – Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 “Gaelic”

Our season opens with vibrant music by female composers. Emily Doolittle’s Reedbird takes its themes from the slowed-down songs of a small New World blackbird, normally too fast for human listeners to understand.

The warm and mystical tones of Sheila Silver’s Being In Life, inspired by the short life of a musical little boy, come both from its use of Hindustani prayer melodies and from its unusual instrumentation: French Horn and Alpenhorn solos, with string orchestra and Tibetan singing bowls. Being in Life was commissioned by a generous grant from the Fromm Music Foundation, 2018.

Lastly comes Amy Beach’s magnificent “Gaelic” Symphony. Rooted in romanticism, it represents one of the earliest symphonic voices of American music.

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