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ACWC 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th Anniversary, ACWC!

Upcoming Concerts and Events

Ann Southam’s Piano Music – Amelia Yates, piano – Lecture/Recital
Monday, Dec. 13 at 8:00 pm EST by Zoom

ACWC member, pianist Amelia Yates presents a lecture/recital, “Ann Southam’s Solo Piano Music – A Performance Guide” on Monday, December 13 at 8:00 pm, EST by Zoom.  This lecture/recital is both a  performance as well as a summary of Dr. Yates’s research, including an overview of Southam’s wide-ranging music for solo piano.  Ann Southam (1937-2010) is one of Canada’s greatest contemporary composers. Best-known for her minimalist music, she composed twelve-tone, minimalist, jazz, and electroacoustic music for a variety of mediums including orchestral, chamber, and solo instrument. A significant portion of her creative output is for solo piano and this presentation demonstrates her wide-ranging approach to composition while also focusing on her minimalist music. It promotes Southam’s music and emphasizes her significance as a contemporary Canadian composer.  To register go here.

Recent Online Events and Concerts:

 ACWC Panel:

Indigenous Song – Healing, Reconciliation, Partnership
Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 pm EST by Zoom, with:

Jean Becker — Inuk, founder of Goodhearted Women singing/drumming group, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives at University of Waterloo with tribute:   Woman of the Drum: A Tribute to Jean Becker and Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak – The New Quarterly Digital Edition
Kelly Laurila — Sámi, song-keeper & member of Goodhearted Women, PhD, Lecturer, Renison/UWaterloo, School of Social Work
Beverley McKiver — Anishinaabe, ACWC composer, composer, pianist, educator, website here.
Karen Sunabacka  — Métis, ACWC composer, Associate Professor, Conrad Grebel/UWaterloo  website here.
(Photo: Good Hearted Women Singers at Sound in the Land 2014, by Alan Morgan)
To view, go HERE.
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“Building Up” virtual concert in partnership with the CMC, Oct. 7, 2021

As part of our 40th anniversary events, the ACWC/ACC in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre Ontario division presented “Building Up”—a virtual concert celebrating women and gender non-conforming composers and performers supporting each other through their creative practices,  featuring ACWC composers Catherine Bevan, Rebekah Cummings, Sophie Dupuis, Heather Hindman, and Cleo Palacio-Quintin, as well as composers Monique Jean,  Naomi McCarroll-Butler, Roxanne Nesbitt.  Performers: Amanda Lowry (flute), Naomi McCarroll-Butler (bass clarinet/alto saxophone), Yang Chen (percussion), and Cecilia Lee + Stephanie Orlando (piano).  Watch HERE!

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More Events and Concerts:

Augmented Trio Promotions presents Afterglow, August 28, 2021

As part of Augmented Trio Promotion’s, August Tunes of Passion concert series, the ensemble ‘on the hat, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ACWC/ACC in their streamed concert Afterglow. The concert includes works by members Leila Lustig, Sylvia Rickard, Christie Morrison and Diane Berry, and will be coming from beautiful Triangle Mountain, in Victoria.

On the ‘hat, consists of Marnie Setka-Mooney, soprano, Diane Berry, flute, and Kathryn Le Gros, piano, and they have often included works by local, women composers in their eclectic mix of musical genres.

The concert was streamed on Saturday, August 28th, at 7:00 pm (PDT), and is now available to watch HERE.

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SHHH!!! Ensemble ACWC 40th Anniversary Concert, April 24, 2021

April 24 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

An ACWC Anniversary special event concert was on April 24, 2021 at 9pm Eastern. The concert presented music by ACWC composers Patricia Morehead and Monica Pearce, HERE.

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“Hell in a Handbasket to Heaven on Earth: Music by Atlantic / Canadian Women Composers,” March 8, 2021

Performed by concert pianist Jennifer King, found HERE.

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“Muses Today” – Women in Music Festival, May 22, 2021, Moscow, Russia – An International Panel

This International Panel with Carol Ann Weaver, Janet Danielson and Bekah Simms, along with German archivist Mary Ellen Kitchens (a Board Member of Internationaler Arbeitskreis Frau und Musik/Archiv Frau und Musik, with her presentation, “Closing the Gender Gap in Music: Advocacy for Women in Music at the Archiv Frau und Musik (Frankfurt),” available here) as well as French and Russian contributors, focused on women’s musical work internationally.   The fest, organized by Anastasia Koshkina, also invited the Canadian ambassador to Russia to address the panel.

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Soundscapes and More Panel: Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Soundscapes and More Panel,  Saturday, May 15, 2021 featured soundscape/electronic composers, Hildegard Westerkamp, Tina Pearson and Carol Ann Weaver.   Hildegard Westerkamp is well known for her works that bring in the acoustic environment, while Tina Pearson is an innovative composer whose work often focuses on breath, attention states and altered performance practice. Carol Ann Weaver is a board member for CASE (Canadian Association for Sound Ecology) and composes using environmental sounds and field recordings. This panel is a part of the ACWC/ACC’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  Listen to this panel HERE.

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 “Beginnings” – A panel discussion of the history of the ACWC/AFCC, Feb. 27, 2021

With founder Caroline Lomax, previous Chair Elma Miller and pianist/associate member Elaine Keillor, hosted by Emily Hiemstra. Listen HERE.

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ACWC Playlists

We’re celebrating music from ACWC members all year long!

You can find all the ACWC Anniversary Playlists here

 

Stories from ACWC Members

Interview with Brenda Muller by Patricia Morehead can be found here!

Interview with Sylvia Rickard by Patricia Morehead can be found here!

Did You Know?

Albertine Caron-Legris (1906–1972)

Albertine Caron-Legris (b. Caron, m. Legris) was born in Montreal in 1906, where she studied piano, voice and music composition. Her early studies were at the Conservatoire national de musique, then later in her career, she went to the Université de Montréal, and received her bachelor of music in 1942, at the age of 36. Caron married in 1918, after which she taught music in Montreal and toured throughout Quebec as a recitalist. In the 1920s, she began to gain recognition as a composer of vocal songs and piano works in Quebec. Many of her pieces used folksong harmonizations. Her songs include “Ceux qui s’aiment sont toujours malheureux”, “Soir d’hiver”, with her most well-known composition being the 1947 song, “La Berceuse de Donalda”. During her lifetime, her works were included in the concert repertoires of Canadian musicians Maureen Forester, Raoul Jobin, Marthe Létourneau, Nicholas Massue and Alber Viau. Many of her manuscripts and personal papers are held in the collection at the Library and Archives Canada. In 1972, Caron-Legris died in Montreal at the age of 66.

Please Donate

If you would like to help support celebrations for the ACWC/ACC 40th Anniversary, including special concerts, workshops, projects, publicity and online initiatives, please donate by clicking on the Donation button below. Your support would be very helpful! Any donation of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt. Thank you!