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Friday, February 11, 2011

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Presents "Womens Voices Festival" (SLC: Feb 16 - March 19)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2011

CONTACT: Hilarie Ashton
Public Relations Manager, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
(801) 869-9027, hashton@usuo.org


Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Presents “women’s voices festival”


SALT LAKE CITY – In collaboration with community partners in dance, art, film and literature, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera will provide Salt Lake residents and visitors with an opportunity to explore the works of exceptional women who found and used their voices in art and music.

Centered in March, National Women’s History Month, the “Women’s Voices Festival” will feature lectures and artistic presentations around Salt Lake City that will supplement an upcoming Utah Opera production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women and select Utah Symphony performances featuring female artists.

“As people enjoy these free supplemental events they will hopefully find their experiences in the symphony and opera performances more rich,” said Paula Fowler Director of Education and Community Outreach at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. “They will be able to see how far our society has come in giving women and men equal opportunities to learn, express and share important ideas in the arts.”

The “Women’s Voices Festival” will mark the eighth annual educational festival presented by Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. This year’s partner organizations include The Grand America hotel, Westminster College, Repertory Dance Theater, OPERA America, The Salt Lake City Public Library, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Art Access Gallery. Special funding has been provided by the John and Marcia Price Family Foundation and the Utah Humanities Council. Festival events begin February 16. See below for a full schedule with venue information.


For tickets to any Utah Symphony or Utah Opera performances, please call (801) 355-ARTS (2787) or visit http://www.usuo.org/ .



For more information about the “Women’s Voices Festival,” please call 801-869-9090.


“Women’s Voices” Festival Program Line-up

Performances
Sugar and Spice: A Musical Celebration of Women - Utah Opera Ensemble Resident Artists
February 16 at 8 p.m. | Westminster’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall, FREE

Bravo Broadway: The Wicked Divas - Utah Symphony
February 18-19 at 8 p.m. | Abravanel Hall, Tickets start at $15
This performance will feature two successful female singers who both starred in the iconic role of Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - Utah Symphony
February 25 – 26 at 8 p.m. | Abravanel Hall, Tickets start at $15
The women of the Utah Symphony Chorus will perform segments of the Utah Symphony’s presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Robert and Clara Schumann - Utah Symphony
March 4-5 at 8 p.m. | Abravanel Hall, Tickets start at $15
Clara Schumann was an amazing performer. She was given the fame that her husband’s music received. She was also a great financial support to the family and performed many concerts to supplement their income. Her piano concerto shows what kind of performer she was as well as what kind of composer she could be.

“Little Women” by Mark Adamo - Utah Opera
March 12 – 20 | Capitol Theatre, Tickets start at $15
This popular American opera by Mark Adamo is based on the classic novel written by Louisa May Alcott. The opera follows the highs and lows of the March sisters and particularly delves into the way one sister, Jo, responds to the ever-changing relationships in her life.

Salon Music by Women Composers -
March 19 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. | The Grand America, $16
Reserve seats at (801)258-6707
In the 1800’s, women composers would never have had the chance for a large work to be performed on stage. A great repertoire of salon music was thus produced by these female artists. Utah Symphony musicians will perform some of these works and others by living female composers at the Grand America, also celebrating ten years of the hotel’s afternoon teas.

Lectures
Women’s Voices in Literature With Disa Gambera
February 22 at 7 p.m. | Salt Lake City Public Library Level 4 Meeting Room, FREE

Women’s Voices in Music With Sue Neimoyer
February 23 at 7 p.m. | Salt Lake City Public Library Level 4 Meeting Room, FREE

Women’s Voices in Dance with Linda Smith & Repertory Dance Theater
March 1 at 7 p.m. | Capitol Theatre Studio 1, FREE

Women’s Voices in Visual Art with Cheryl Hughes
March 2 at 7 p.m. | Utah Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium, FREE

Women’s Voices in Film with Angela Smith
March 8 at 7 p.m. | Salt Lake City Public Library Level 4 Meeting Room, FREE

Little Women Opera Preview Lecture with April Greenan
March 9 at 7 p.m. | Salt Lake City Public Library Level 4 Meeting Room, FREE

Online Educational Resources
Online course with “Little Women” composer Mark Adamo
February – March, FREE
This free online course, provided by OPERA America, will be sent to those who enroll in four weekly installments starting February 15. Enrollees will learn about the composer, background on the opera and what he was trying to accomplish through this work.

USUO Blog Posts
February - March
The Utah Symphony | Utah Opera blog features a composer each week. During the festival, these blog posts will feature female composers and give insight into their goals, accomplishments and artistic voices.

Community Partner Events
Utah Museum of Fine Arts – female artists walking tour guide and podcasts
February – March
In celebration of the accomplishments of past female artists, the museum will feature a walking tour about the paintings by female artists on exhibit and provide podcasts about the lives of those female artists.

Art Access Gallery – exhibits of work by female artists during
February 18 and March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Art access gallery is devoted to promoting and supporting local art making. The gallery will present four exhibits featuring the work of local female artists.

Venue Locations
Abravanel Hall: 123 West South Temple
Capitol Theatre: 50 West 200 South
The City Library: 210 East 400 South
The Grand America: 555 South Main Street
Westminster’s Vieve Gore Concert Hall: 1840 South 1300 East
Utah Museum of Fine Arts: 410 Campus Center Drive
Art Access Gallery: 230 South 500 West #125

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Hilarie Ashton
Public Relations Manager
801.869.9027
hashton@usuo.org

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