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Celebrations of America’s first female composer


Monitor staff
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Composer and pianist Amy Beach, who was born in Henniker, would have celebrated her 150th birthday last week on Sept. 5.

Her Gaelic Symphony was the first symphony to be composed and published work by an American woman.

To recognize her contribution to music, there will be several events honoring Beach.

On Friday and Saturday, the University of New Hampshire library and music department will host an international conference on her and Venezuelan pianist-composer Teresa Carreno with paper presentations and lecture-recitals.

There will also be an exhibit in the UNH museum of photos, scores, and objects from the Amy Cheney Beach Papers, which will run through Dec. 1. A reception will be held Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a concert in the arts center at 8 p.m.

UNH students and faculty will perform a selection of chamber and vocal pieces Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.

The Halcyon Music Festival will perform a piano trio, string quartet and piano quintet on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.

On Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., Symphony New Hampshire will perform Beach’s Gaelic Symphony, Op. 32.

For more information on the UNH events, visit cola.unh.edu/music and 862-2404.

Additionally, the Alchemists’ Workshop and the Hillsboro Historical Museum are partnering to host a year-long celebration of Beach through monthly events, Tom Dunn said.

The museum is building an exhibit around Beach’s diaries and the Alchemists’ Workshop previously produced a short film on Beach and her Beach Clubs.