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In honor of the USA’s 52nd annual Women’s Equality Day, I’d like to introduce you to Ethel Smyth, an English composer who is currently enjoying a revival of interest here in the UK.
It’s a wonder to me that Ethel’s name isn’t a staple in more households, not just in music, but also in written works, and very importantly, in connection with the Suffragette movement in the early 1900s.… read more.
Even though the music industry is full of women, we haven’t heard many of them. Sarah Cahill’s new album emphasizes just that. This past February, I had the privilege of interviewing pianist Sarah Cahill. Currently a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory, Sarah continues to perform in concerts, gallery events, and recording albums.… read more.
25th January 2022 marks the 140th birthday of the brilliant Virginia Woolf.
I live in London now, and to be able to routinely walk the same streets that Virginia Woolf and many of her contemporaries — famous writers such as James Joyce and Maurice Proust — would have walked is a truly remarkable experience.
Adeline Virginia Stephen was born into a well-to-do family in South Kensington, the seventh child of mother Julia Prinsep Jackson and father Leslie Stephen.… read more.
Composer Clara Wieck was born on September 13th, 1819 in Leipzig, Germany. From a young age, Clara was surrounded by music. Her mother, Marianne Tromlitz, was a very successful and talented singer. Her father, Friedrich Wieck, was comparable to Mozart’s father; both were teachers dedicated to building the musical careers of their children.… read more.
We all love a good wedding comedy. Bridesmaids (2011) does an excellent job of making us—the women in the audience—laugh out loud at the ridiculous contrasts between “Annie” (Kristen Wiig) who is the long-time best friend of the bride and new wannabe number one “Helen” (Rose Byrne). The Wiig/Mumolo screenplay—by Wiig and co-screenwriter Annie Mumalo—artfully contrasts their lifestyles as well as their different ideas about the makings of a “perfect” wedding.… read more.