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Release Date: March 16, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Concert to Celebrate Women Composers

Three Angelo State University music professors will mark Women’s History Month with a concert on Tuesday, March 24, featuring works by women composers.

The 7:30 p.m. concert is open free to the public and will be held in the Eldon U. Black Recital Hall inside the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Dr. Elenor Elkins, piano, Dr. Christine Buckstead, soprano, and Dr. Tim Bonenfant, clarinet and saxophone, will perform works by Carrie Jacobs Bond, Paule Maurice, Lori Laitman and Stella Sung. Bonenfant will play clarinet on the Sung piece and saxophone on the Maurice work

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The program is a reprisal of their recent concert at Texas A&M University. The College Station performance was part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the A&M Women’s Studies Program.

“Even 10 years ago,” said Elkins, “women’s music was big news. For centuries, women were thought mentally incapable of composition. We’ve evolved very quickly, so it’s not such a novelty anymore to have women composers on a program. Still, it’s nice to celebrate every now and then with a program completely devoted to ‘those lady composers.’”

“The Sung is an unusual work,” said Elkins, “scored for piano, voice and clarinet and based on texts by Robert Frost. There aren’t too many works for that combination, but we really like it and are considering commissioning some more.”

For more information, call the ASU Art and Music Department at 942-2085.