Women’s History Month – Henriëtte Bosmans

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Henriëtte Bosmans (1895 – 1952) was a Dutch pianist and composer. She came from a musical family as her father was principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and her mother taught piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Henriëtte studied the piano with her mother and she soon gained a reputation as a quality pianist in the 1920′s. Bosmans appeared many times as soloist with European orchestras and in a number of chamber music ensembles.

She began composing in her teens. Her friendships with two cellists resulted in several works for cello, including two concertos, a sonata and Poème for cello and orchestra. Her music was known for its lyrical quality and melodic passages.

During the war Bosmans’s music was banned because she refused to become a member of the Kultuurkamer, which was required of all Dutch musicians. After the war Bosmans wrote mostly vocal compositions. After her death, she received a knighthood.

Enjoy this performance of Henriëtte Bosmans’s Piano Concertino:

Rachel Grimes at Green Building and Big Ears

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This week you’ll have two opportunities to hear Rachel Grimes play. The first is on Thursday at the Green Building (Doors open at 7pm. Limited tickets available at Guestroom Records), where she’ll play with saxophonist Jacob Duncan and cellist Helen Money, and share the bill with another Louisvillian Cheyenne Mize, and with vocalist Susanna.

For the second concert, you have to drive to Knoxville, Tennessee for the 2014 Big Ears Festival. There she’ll reprise her performance with Duncan and Money, and be part of a lineup that includes Steve Reich, So Percussion, Jonny Greenwood (composer of scores to There Will Be Blood) and more.

(Photo above by William van der Voort from her De NWE Vorst concert)

Showing the Love with Music Makes a City

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If you love WUOL, you probably love the Louisville Orchestra as well. As part of our membership drive, we’re offering the homegrown documentary Music Makes a City, the story of the founding and subsequent fame of the Louisville Orchestra, as a thank you gift.

Music Makes a City begins with the story of the great Ohio River Flood of 1937 and the founding of the Louisville Orchestra as part of the effort to rebuild the city after the disaster.  It then recounts the hard work and dedication of the young conductor Robert Whitney and Louisville mayor Charles Farnsley to keep the orchestra afloat, and the mayor’s bright idea to make the Louisville Orchestra into a cultural icon by commissioning new works by contemporary composers. This scheme brought the Louisville Orchestra into an international spotlight, with a performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall and a visit by a group of Soviet composers including Shostakovich.

In light of the Louisville Orchestra’s recent trouble, rebirth, and seemingly bright future with the leadership of Teddy Abrams and Andrew Kipe, Music Makes a City is an important reminder of the truly remarkable history of the institution. The film includes musical excerpts from the Louisville Orchestra’s First Edition recordings, and the special features disc is chock-full of interviews with composers like Ned Rorem and Elliott Carter, who had works premiered here by the Orchestra, and with members of the community who experienced much of the history first hand. Hearing these full interviews, where great American composers give their opinion of Louisville while Louisvillians give their opinions of the composers, are interesting in themselves, even taken out of the context of the documentary.

Hear directors Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler talk talk about some of this unique history and how it unfolds in their documentary.

We are currently offering Music Makes a City as a gift for members who pledge $15 a month or more.

Bourbon Baroque & Les Sauvages

Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque and the Squallis Puppeteers are presenting a unique version of Rameau’s “Les Sauvages.” Alan Brandt talked to Bourbon Baroque’s John Austin Clark and Nico Fortin about the trials and triumphs of this collaboration.

Bellatrix Music Part II: Clara Schumann

Bellatrix Musica is a four-part series about the influence of women throughout music history. Part two focuses on female musicians of the 19th century, particularly Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel.

Music:

“February” from The YearFanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, performed by Liana Serbescu, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Klavierwerke Vol I, CPO 999013

Liebeszauber, Clara Schumann, sung by Lauralyn Kolb with pianist Con Mcmahon, Songs by Clara Schumann, Poldowski, and Amy Beach, Albany TROY109-2

“September” from The Year Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, performed by Liana Serbescu, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Klavierwerke Vol I, CPO 999013

Der Mond Kommt Still Gegangen, Clara Schumann, sung by Lauralyn Kolb with pianist Con Mcmahon, Songs by Clara Schumann, Poldowski, and Amy Beach, Albany TROY109-2

Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17, Clara Schumann, performed by Micaela Gelius, Sreten Krstic, and Stephan Hack, Clara Schuman: Piano and Chamber Music, Arte Nova 721060

Romance No. 3 for violin and piano, Op. 22, Clara Schumann, performed by Micaela Gelius, Sreten Krstic, and Stephan Hack, Clara Schuman: Piano and Chamber Music, Arte Nova 721060