2015 Festival

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford announces its 2015 festival scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, to Sunday, March 8, at the historic Charter Oak Cultural Center. Lisa Coons joins the festival as guest composer, featuring the Michigan-based composer in multiple events. The festival includes performances of Dr. Coons’s music, in addition to an international selection of historical and living women composers, on four concerts March 5 to March 8. Tickets are available via Eventbrite or at the door.

 

2015 Composer-in-Residence: Lisa Coons

Lisa Renée Coons is a composer and sound artist with a special affinity to noise composition, collaboration, and experimentation. She is dedicated to progressive art and focuses on partnerships with other artists and musicians as a means of developing innovative new works. She has received awards and support from the Other Minds Festival, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer, among others. Recent commissions include an evening-length work for The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and pieces for The California E.A.R. Unit.

 

2015 Guest Artists: Iktus Percussion

Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Josh Perry, and Piero Guimaraes at the core. 

 

2015 Festival Schedule

Wednesday, March 4

Lisa Coons at UConn | 1:30 pm
University of Connecticut – Music Building, Room 102
Storrs, CT 06269
*Free Event

Lisa Coons at The Hartt Composers Seminar | 5:00 pm
The Hartt School, Bliss Music Room
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
*Free Event

 

Thursday, March 5

A panel session with  Gail Woldu, Jennifer Allen, Lesley Farlow, and Lisa Coons
Trinity College, Halden Hall
Hartford, CT 06106
*Free Event

Lisa Coons at Western New England University | 2:30 pm
Western New England University -Rivers Memorial Hall, Room 140
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
*Free Event

Concert 1: The Invisible Women | 6:00 pm
Capital Community College – Centinel Hill Auditorium
950 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
*Free Event

Welcome Reception | 8:00 pm
Salute
100 Trumbull St
Hartford, CT 06103
* Featuring Happy Hour specials

 

Friday, March 6

Networking 101: Building Your Life in Music | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Workshop with Jessica Meyer
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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WCForum Session 1 | 2:00-3:30 pm
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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WCForum Session 2: Lisa Coons | 4:00-5:00 pm
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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Concert 2: Iktus Percussion | 7:30 pm
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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Saturday, March 7

WCForum Session 3 | 9:30-11:30 am
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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WCForum Session 4: Why does music by women composers matter? | 12:00-1:00 pm
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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New England Guitar Quartet Reading Session | 2:30-5:00 pm
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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Concert 3: Alpaca String Quartet and Local Women Composers | 7:30 pm
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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Sunday, March 8

Farewell Brunch | 11:00 am
Location TBA

Concert 4: Julia Mortyakova and Miguel Campinho, New Music for Piano | 2:00 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
45 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103
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Lisa Coons at the Young Composers Project | 4:30 pm
The Hartt School
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
** Open only to Hartt Community Division families and prospective Young Composers Project students/parents.  Email Jessica Rudman if you are interested in attending.

 

For the last fourteen years, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Inc., has provided an enriching platform for the promotion of women’s music. Recognized as a champion of music by female composers by institutions such as the International Alliance for Women in Music and the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund, the festival’s mission of advocacy includes  performances, outreach, and development. Continuing our tradition of diversity in performance and outreach takes a great deal of resources. Please consider making a donation to support this effort. Read more about how you can donate.