Half the Sky
The Sound of the Sexual Revolution
“Women hold up half the sky,” Mao Zedong is reported to have said. Award-winning Ensemble Offspring crashes through the glass ceiling with an all-female composer event, featuring music by this year’s Composer-in-Residence Chen Yi, Kaija Saariaho, Mary Finsterer and others.
Cassie To, Avialae for sextet
Kaija Saariaho, Cendres for flute, cello and piano
Felicity Wilcox, Yurabirong for bass clarinet solo
Amanda Cole, Glocken Blocken for marimba and almglocken
Cathy Milliken, Three Step for horn, violin and cello (AP)
Natacha Diels, Ether for piccolo solo and tape (2005)
Katy Abbott, Re-Echo for cello and vibraphone
Joyce Tang, Remembrance of The Old Stonewall Trees for sheng (2017) (WP)
Margaret Sutherland, Little Suite for flute, clarinet and bassoon (1960)
Vivace – Tempo di menuetto – Allegro - Molto vivace – Allegro
Chen Yi, Qi for flute, cello, percussion and piano (AP)
Mary Finsterer, Silva for sextet (2012)
Durations: 10' – 9' – 7' – 5' – 10' – 5' – 5' – 9' – 12' – 15'
135 MINUTE SITE-SPECIFIC EVENT, INCLUDING FORUM
ADULT $57, CONC. $52, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25
At 3.05 pm a Panel discussion is held in the theatre moderated by Karen Vickery, Director of Learning and Visitor Experience NPG
Prof. Chen Yi (US-China) 2017 CIMF Composer-in-residence
Claire Edwardes, Artistic Director Ensemble Offspring
Sarah Kimball, CEOCanberra Symphony Orchestra
Laura Tingle, journalist and author, correspondent for the AFR
Is the composer’s ‘fraternity’ still an old-fashioned men’s club? Are the remaining publishers hopelessly behind the times? Are women less inclined to invest in this notoriously difficult, abstract and risky career path?