2016: Women take Strides!
While the Michigan Philharmonic embraced women composers in their 2016/2017 concert and lecture series, the
Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed deemed 2016 to be classical music’s “year of
the woman.” Du Yun became the seventh
woman to win a music Pulitzer Prize for her operatic composition Angel’s Bone this year and history was
made as all three music Pulitzer Prize finalists were women. Congratulations to
all women working towards breaking the universal glass ceiling!
This season the Michigan Philharmonic continue its support for Women Composers as they will be preforming works by Mary Watkins, Alice Gomez, Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Gloria Estefan this upcoming season!
Last season, the Michigan Philharmonic focused on the promoting Women composers through lectures series and their concert series in the 2016/2017 season. This year, the Michigan Philharmonic is excited to broaden their focus as they plan to host speakers and composers that embody diversity. Look out for our upcoming lectures featuring speakers who’ll discuss Art Advocacy as the Michigan Philharmonic embraces art education, local artists, and diverse cultures and audiences.
The Michigan Philharmonic has a long-standing tradition of embracing the Plymouth-Canton-Livonia community as well as featuring composers form around the world at their concerts throughout each season. As they maintain their tradition embracing world class talent and local artists, this year the two of the three guest composers, Zhou Tian and Ricardo Lorenz, will be from the
area. Look out for these groups and local composer/musicians in these upcoming
· Hail to the Veterans (November 10th, 2017) featuring:
– The Detroit Children’s Choir
– Main Street Opera Theatre
Counselors Youth Chorale
– MPYO Sinfonia in the concert
· Miniature Masterpieces (January 2017) featuring:
– Dennis Carter, Michigan Philharmonic’s own flutist and prominent musician in the metro-Detroit area
· Tchaikovsky Spectacular (Sunday March 18th, 2018) featuring:
– Zhou Tian and this composition, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
· Danzones y Tangos: A Cabaret Café (April 14th, 2018)
– Ricardo Lorenzo and his composition, Habanera Science