CANTON An evening of musical appreciation for women musicians, composers and artists will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday in Gunnison Memorial Chapel on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton.
Celebrate Women in the Arts! is a free public event co-sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and Corning Incorporated-Canton plant. Musicians, composers and an artist will perform in the program which honors the place of women in the creative process. The musical pieces were created by living women composers, including two who will be in attendance and making world premieres.
SLU associate professor of music In-Sil Yoo composed Eternity for pipe organist Sondra Goldsmith Proctor to premiere at this event. Ms. Proctor, SLU musician-in-residence, notes that the music includes unusual sound color changes and a distinctive oriental flavor and was composed to remember Professor Yoos mother and the place of mothers in our society.
One of the top women composers in the world, Rachel Laurin of Ottawa, Ontario, will coach the performers as they present her music and Ms. Laurin also will perform. She composed Chromatic Fantasietta, opus 64 for Ms. Proctor to play on the organ and Introduction and Allegro, opus 65 for oboe and organ.
Ms. Laurin this month was featured in Pipedreams, a two-hour National Public Radio broadcast on organ hosted by Michael Barone.
Her music is truly approachable and exciting to hear, Ms. Proctor said.
Sonate pour Flute et piano, by Ms. Laurin, will be performed by SLU associate professor of philosphy Laura Rediehs on flute and Canton attorney Genelle Bayer on piano.
Pieces by Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, Pamela Decker and Barbara Harbach will be performed by guest artists and performers from the area.
Artist Melissa Schulenberg, SLU associate professor of art and art history, will hold an exhibition of her latest works in the chapel in conjunction with the concert.