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3/28/2002 Performance to celebrate women composers

McMINNVILLE – "Composers in Skirts," an ensemble highlighting piano literature by significant women composers from the 1700s to the mid-20th Century, will be presented Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The two-woman show will include dramatic performances by pianist Linda Smith, a well-known concert pianist and clinician, and actress and director Patricia Blem. The script is by Kate Hawkes, artistic associate and education director at Artists Repertory Theatre, with costumes by Margaret Louise Chapman. Through music and words, the ensemble presents the struggles and inspirations of six female composers including Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and others.

The performance will focus on music, history, theater and gender issues, according to Jill Timmons, Linfield professor of music.

"It's exciting to do interdisciplinary projects, because in the real world all these things cross over," Timmons added. "So often we concentrate on what we're doing within our own specialty and forget the other aspects of the arts."

The program runs approximately two hours and 15 minutes, with an intermission. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.