IN HER SHOES
Here’s the press release for my very special concert this weekend. Women composers ftw.
Women musicians don’t just rock, they’ve written all kinds of other music too across the centuries. Fresh from her ARIA Awards performance which paid tribute to Australia’s queen of rock Chrissy Amphlett, Canberra born and bred pianist, composer, educator and conductor Sally Whitwell is bringing to town a second program of classical music works by women called In Her Shoes.
"You will often hear people in the classical music world say ‘These works by women composers of the past aren’t famous for a reason’, the implication being that the music is no good", says Whitwell. "What rubbish! They’re not well known simply because women in those times hadn’t the same opportunities as men and deciding that you were going to be a composer was viewed as shockingly inappropriate at best. Historically, women classical musicians were only seen as performers, their original creative voices certainly not heard. I’m attempting to redress the balance by performing these concerts exclusively dedicated to women composers’ works.”
Whitwell will be joined by cellist Sally Maer, aka Cello Diva, a performer of singularly eclectic experience.
"I feel a particular connection to Sally’s way of working," says Whitwell. "We have a very similar outlook on music, whether we’re performing in concert halls or at corporate functions or to rooms full of 6 year olds, we both feel completely at home. Put simply, it’s just about the joy of making music. We’ve played songs by Bon Jovi and Cyndi Lauper together, as well as Vivaldi and Saint-Saens. it’s all just great music!"
On the program, expect to hear works by militant suffragette and compulsive diarist Dame Ethel Smyth, Austrian pianist/singer and Mozart’s contemporary Maria Theresia von Paradis and one of the world’s first female professional orchestral players Rebecca Clarke. Additionally, Whitwell and Maer are particularly proud to be performing Three Poems for Cello and Piano by local Canberra Composer Sally Greenaway.
"I always like it when I’m able to make a local connection wherever I perform" says Whitwell, "And particularly in Canberra, my home town. I met Sally Greenaway through a workshop I led for the Woden Valley Youth Choir. We hit it off straight away, and I’m thrilled to be performing her exquisite music."
Sunday 8 December 3pm
All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, ACT
Tickets $30/25 at the door.