Women in Music
Song Cycle for Piano and Voice to be followed by a Poetry Reading
Libretto and poems by E. Louise Beach; Jennifer Bellor, composer.
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm
Wilson Formal Lounge
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow the performance.
*Please note this is not an open mic event.
Sponsored by Just Poets and St. John Fisher College’s Arts Minor Program
Additional support by Poetic Effect
E. Louise Beach is a lyric poet, critic, translator, and librettist. Recently, she has been published in Barrow Street, Many Mountains Moving, Rosebud, The Bitter Oleander and TriQuarterly Online, among others. Finishing Line Press has published her two chapbooks: Blue Skies (2006) and Sine Nomine, (2011). She was recently named a finalist in the May Swenson Poetry Book Award. Seven of her poem cycles have been set to music by composers Jen Bellor, Gerald Coleman, Bryan Page, and Robert Pound. In 2011, Ms. Beach received a grant to create a libretto for August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death.
Jennifer Bellor is currently a Ph.D student in music composition at the Eastman School of Music. She holds an M.M. in composition at Syracuse University where she was the recipient of The Brian Israel Award in Composition in 2007. She was a participant in the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers’ Readings in 2007 for her orchestral work, “Chimera.” She has been commissioned by The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, Society for New Music, Reuben Blundell and the Millersville University orchestra, The Women in Music Festival at Eastman, and Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA with organist Nicole Marane and brass members from the Atlanta Symphony. Her piece, “Stars,” for soprano and marimba was performed on the 2009 Eastman China Tour in May.
I am delighted by Dr. Judith Lang Zaimont’s interpretation of my poem “Housewife” which served as the textual basis for her composition of the same name. The piece was performed at the Eastman School of Music yesterday as part of the Women in Music Festival, organized by Eastman faculty member Dr. Sylvie Beaudette. Susan Conkling directed the Eastman Women’s Chorus in the performance which was written for piano and chorus.
I am also grateful to Dr. Beaudette for inviting me to send poetry for this commissioned project and to Dr. Conkling for her assistance in the choice of the poem but also for her superb direction of the premiere.
For more information about Dr. Zaimont, visit her web site www.jzaimont.com.
I will be reading as part of the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music Festival at noon on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in the Miller Center Atrium. My poems will be read prior to the performances of various musical selections. Poets M.J. Iuppa, Wynne McClure, Patricia Roth Schwartz, and Karla Linn Merrifield will also be performing on other days and in other locations that week. If you happen to find yourself in downtown Rochester, please stop by to listen! For more information visit http://www.esm.rochester.edu/wmf/.