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March 13, 2007 > Concert to celebrate women composers

Concert to celebrate women composers

The 14th Annual Musica delle Donne Festival, celebrating the music of women composers, will be presented Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17, by the Music Department of California State University, East Bay. The festival is part of the university's observance of "Women's Herstory Month."

Festival concerts on Thursday and Friday. The Thursday performance will feature electro-acoustic works, while Friday's will be comprised of pieces by Cal State East Bay students and alumni.

The public also is invited to attend a workshop in the Studio Theatre on Saturday at 3 p.m., with Rebeca Mauleón-a composer, arranger, author and educator-leading the Cal State East Bay Jazz Ensemble. Mauleón is a Latin and world music pianist. Admission to all performances is free.

"Over the years, Musica delle Donne has been a highlight of our annual concert calendar and Irene Gregorio has done an outstanding job as its artistic director," said Frank La Rocca, chair of the Department of Music. "The Music Department is honored to acknowledge the work of its own composers as part of this festival and warmly welcomes Rebeca Mauleón to Musica delle Donne's roster of distinguished guest artists."

"Although composers such as Clara Schumann enjoy a solid place in standard repertoire, there are countless unknown talented women in history who were discouraged by society to flourish as composers," said Irene Gregorio, director of the festival who is a lecturer in the university's Department of Music. "Even today, one will find the bulk of programming on classical music concerts to be mainly of male composers. Through Musica delle Donne, we highlight the achievements of past and present composers and provide an opportunity for compositions by women to be heard, in the hopes that with more exposure, their compositions will find more places on concert programs."

"Rebeca Mauleón is an extraordinary talent whose concerts are musical gems," said Benjamin Bowser, interim dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. "It is with great pleasure that I welcome her to the College."

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor at least two weeks in advance, if accommodation is needed.

Additional concert information is available at (510) 885-3167 or online at

Concert to celebrate women composers
Thursday through Saturday
March 15-17
7:30 p.m.
(Saturday workshop at 3 p.m.)
Recital Hall (room 1055) of the Music and Business bldg.
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward.
(510) 885-3167
Admission is free.

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