The Philadelphia Orchestra Showcase for Works by Women Composers

The Philadelphia Orchestra and American Composers Orchestra (ACO) will partner for a one-day showcase on September 6, 2018, during which the Orchestra will rehearse works by six women composers as part of a collaborative working session. The selected composers, all of whom have been commissioned previously through ACO’s programs, will have their works read and recorded by The Philadelphia Orchestra in a rehearsal led by Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, the composers will participate in meetings with Orchestra leadership and roundtable conversations with the Orchestra’s Artistic Committee and mentor composers, and will receive feedback from co-facilitators, ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and native Philadelphian Melinda Wagner.

The six invited composers––selected from the alumnae of ACO's Underwood, EarShot, and Jazz Composer Orchestra Institute programs––will travel to Philadelphia to work collaboratively with the Orchestra. The composers are Melody Eötvös (2014 Underwood New Music Readings), Hilary Purrington (2017 Underwood New Music Readings), Chen-Hui Jen (2012 EarShot Readings San Diego Symphony), Robin Holcomb (2016 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings Naples Philharmonic), Xi Wang (2010 Underwood New Music Readings); and Nina C. Young (2013 Underwood New Music Readings).

This score-reading session is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. Seatings will happen approximately every 30-40 minutes between pieces. For more information:

Rehearsal Schedule:

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Xi Wang: Above Light, a conversation with Toru Takemitsu
Hilary Purrington: Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky
Nina C. Young: Excerpts from Agnosco Veteris, for orchestra
Melody Eötvös: The Saqqara Bird, for Symphony Orchestra

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Melody Eötvös: The Saqqara Bird, for Symphony Orchestra
Chen-Hui Jen: in eternal dusk, for orchestra
Robin Holcomb: All the While, Suite for Orchestra

©2016 Robin Holcomb