The 16th annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford will be held March 10th-13th, 2016! This year’s festival will feature a 12-hour marathon of music by women composers as part of the organization’s mission to provide an educational and entertaining platform for the promotion of women’s music. The Women Composers Festival of Hartford will open at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 10th at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church and the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry with a free concert entitled “Lift Her Voice,” promoting the safety and empowerment of women and children in our community and beyond. The concert will feature local performers, including Cuatro Puntos, Shauntice Marshall, and Anna Hayrapetyan. Donations will be accepted on behalf of Catherine’s Place, a collaboration of the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry and the Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation. On Friday, workshops and presentations will be hosted at Charter Oak Cultural Center, including a performance by composer-in-residence Jessica Meyer of her own works for viola and loop pedal, and a masterclass with ensemble-in-residence Nautilus Brass Quintet. Saturday’s Music Marathon will run from 9am to 9pm at Charter Oak Cultural Center and will feature newly commissioned works, along with commentary from musicologist Dr. Liane Curtis. The festival will conclude on Sunday afternoon at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church with a concert of new voice and piano music, featuring compositions by Tawnie Olson, Elizabeth R. Austin, and other score call winners performed by vocalists from The Hartt School and University of Connecticut accompanied by pianist Miguel Campinho.

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