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Buffalo Chamber Players to Showcase Women in Music
Posted 03/16/2012 12:32PM

On Wednesday, March 21, the Buffalo Chamber Players will celebrate Women’s History Month with a concert featuring musical works by female composers. Entitled "Women in Music," the concert will take place in Sem’s chapel at 7:30 p.m.

One of the composers whose work will be featured is Caroline Mallonée, this year’s Prince Family Lecturer at Buffalo Seminary. Ms. Mallonée is among the most sought-after composers of her generation, and her work has been performed internationally. For the March 21 concert, the Buffalo Chamber Players will perform her 2010 composition, Shadow Rings, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. As part of the 2012 Prince Family Lecture Series, Ms. Mallonée visited Sem on March 6 and gave a talk before the entire student body about her career as a composer. She returns to Sem as the pre-concert speaker during a reception immediately before the 7:30 p.m. performance.

The concert will also feature the work of Barbara Strozzi, Louise Farrenc, Germaine Tailleferre and Amy Beach.

Here are descriptions from the Buffalo Chambers Players’ concert overview:

Venetian singer and composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) was one of the most prolific vocal composers of the 17th century. Rare for a woman at that time, Strozzi made a living as a professional composer and published her compositions during her lifetime. Soprano Colleen Marcello will perform a selection of Strozzi’s songs for soprano and continuo including Lagrime mie.

Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) was a French composer and professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire, the only woman in the 19th century to hold this position. The premiere of her Nonet in E♭, op. 38, in which violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim took part, propelled Farrenc to near-celebrity status. The work is scored for strings and wind quintet.

Referred to by Erik Satie as his “musical daughter,” Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) was the only female member of Le Six, a group of prominent 20th -century French composers. Violinist Loren Silvertrust and pianist Susan Schuman will perform Tailleferre’s Berceuse, written in 1913.

Amy Beach (1867-1944) was the first female American composer to achieve fame and recognition. In 1921, she composed a single movement String Quartet, Op. 89 based on Inuit themes. The Buffalo-based Clara String Quartet (Amy Glidden, Jacqueline Galluzzo, Kate Holzemer and Amelie Fradette) will perform this work.

"Women in Music" is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students. "Women in Music" is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students. They can be purchased online through Buffalo Chamber Players or at the door.

Sem families and friends are also invited to a pre-concert talk and reception with Caroline Mallonée at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP for the reception, please call (716) 885-6780.

To read a concert preview by Mary Kunz Goldman of The Buffalo News, click here. For a preview by Jan Jezioro of Artvoice, click here.

The Buffalo Chamber Players is a critically acclaimed ensemble presenting innovative chamber music programs performed by the region’s finest musicians. Formed in 2007 by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violist Janz Castelo, the Players’ mission is to challenge and redefine the public’s perception of chamber music and to promote the city of Buffalo as an inspiring place to live, work and play. Sem is honored to provide a rehearsal and performance home for this amazing group of musicians.

Buffalo Seminary, or Sem, is located at 205 Bidwell Parkway in the historic Elmwood Village neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y. Founded in 1851, Sem is Western New York’s only independent high school for girls, and the only all-girls school in the area with a residential program. We offer an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory curriculum and are a member of The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). Sem is also a charter affiliate member of The Online School for Girls (OSG). To learn more, visit


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