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Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon: Bold Spirits -Celebrating Women Composers

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Two days of broadcast performances featuring CMC piano faculty and special guests in memory of Keyboard Marathon founder Juliet McComas.

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Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon

Bold Spirits: Celebrating Women Composers

The Community Music Center Piano Department invites you to the Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon, Bold Spirits: Celebrating Women Composers, streaming online for a weekend of masterful piano performances!

Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5pm

FREE, donations greatly appreciated

The Keyboard Marathon will be dedicated to the memory of Juliet McComas, our dear colleague and friend, an outstanding musician, exceptional teacher, and the founder of the annual Keyboard Marathon. The first Marathon took place in 2004 and started a beloved CMC tradition. Each year, our talented faculty presents a program of beautiful music, exploring a different theme or composer. This year's concerts will draw from the vast and largely unknown range of music by female composers. The music of women composers often comprises only a small percentage of programmed piano repertoire, yet many outstanding female composers have made significant contributions to classical music.

The program will present music from the Baroque to the 21st century — from Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre to Nina Simone — as well as showcasing works composed by our faculty members Paula Dreyer, Allison Lovejoy, Janis Mercer, Betty Wong, and Shirley Wong-Frentzel. The program also includes selections by Amy Beach, Nathalie Bera-Tagrine, Valerie Capers, Cécile Chaminade, Wanda Landowska, Veronika Krausas, Elise Kwon, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Meredith Monk, Zenobia Powell Perry, Clara Schumann, Maria Szymanowska, Germaine Tailleferre, Karen Tanaka, and Errollyn Wallen.

Featured CMC piano faculty performers include Christian Bonvin, Jacqueline Chew, Paula Dreyer, Grace Huenemann, Allison Lovejoy, Janis Mercer, Michaela Overall, Jennifer Peringer, Matylda Rotkiewicz, Shirley Wong-Frentzel, Betty Wong, and Lilia Zheltova, with special guests Esther Chan, and Annie Nalezny.

Full program notes will be shared online in April. Stay tuned for more!

RSVP to receive email reminders and a link to the concert sent to your inbox, and enjoy the music from the best seats in the house—your own! (be sure to select both dates to get reminders for both fantastic concert programs!)

How to watch:

  • Join our virtual audience and watch the concerts live on CMC’s Facebook page. This option is great so you can engage with the performers by liking, sharing, and commenting on the broadcast.
  • Watch on CMC's website, videos will appear on the day of the performance.

The Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon is free to view, but your donations remain essential for us to cover our costs and pay artists in full. Donate to the Keyboard Marathon here.

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