Unsung Heroines:
Inspirational Female Composers
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm   FREE!





A virtual concert focusing on the works of rarely performed but highly influential female composers throughout history. This chamber music evening featured works performed by all-female performers residing in Queens and the greater NYC area. 

Clara Schumann Piano Trio, Op.17 II. Scherzo

Rebecca Clarke “I'll Bid My Heart Be Still” for cello and piano

Fanny Mendelssohn Notturno in g minor for piano solo

Ruth Crawford Seeger Prelude No. 6 for piano solo

Vivian Fine String Trio

Beata Moon Elegy 

Florence Price Spirituals No. 2 “Sometime I Feel Like a Motherless Child” for violin and piano  

Jeanne Behrend Lamentation for viola and piano

Mel Bonis piano quartet No. 1 in Bb major Op. 69

See the recording here!

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Adventure and collaboration are at the heart of NYC-based violinist CLARA KIM’s multi-faceted career as new music performer, chamber music artist, and educator.  She has collaborated with some of today’s most celebrated and imaginative musical voices such as Christopher Cerrone, Stephen Hartke, Andrew Norman, Kaija Saariaho, Juri Seo, Chris Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas, and continues to actively premiere works through her solo and chamber music projects.  Towards her commissioning efforts with her quartet, Clara has received support from organizations such as Chamber Music America, The Koussevitzky Foundation, Concert Artists Guild, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.  As a performer, Clara concertizes regularly and loves connecting with audiences, people, and communities across the world.  Her significant engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Clara is a recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award and a first prize winner of the Cremona Solo Violin Competition, in addition to a first prize winner at the MPrize Chamber Arts and Concert Artists Guild Competitions as a member of the Argus Quartet. Also dedicated to community engagement and education, Clara directs Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program, where she coaches and performs alongside violinist Midori.  During the summers, she spends her time teaching and is the lead faculty artist at the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Shanghai.  Clara holds diplomas from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

A multi faceted performer, LIUH-WEN TING enjoys collaborating with artists from diverse genres and mediums. A member of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet from 1996 to 2001, and a co-founder of Ensemble Meme in 2009, Liuh-Wen has collaborated with artists across the spectrum; including Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Manhattan String Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, and as a featured artist with the renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri on a sold-out North American tour. An advocate of contemporary music, she enjoys working with composers to create new works for viola. Works premiered and recorded included music by Gilbert Galindo (2019), Frances White, Shih Hui Chen, Mari Kimura, Elliott Sharp, George Walker, as well as AACM members George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abraham and Leo Wadada Smith, among others. Her recordings can be heard on labels such as Albany Records, Capstone, Mode, CRI, Innova, Naxos, andTzadik. She has been on the staff of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College and Brandeis University since 1992, and has performed at international festivals such as The Prague Spring Music Festival, The Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, Primavera en la Habana international electro-acoustic music festival, Etnafest, and the Seal Bay Festival. Her performancewith the Janáček Philharmonic for Ostrava Dayscontemporary music festival was praised by Czech music 2001as “an extraordinary experience” 

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                                                                           MAIRI DORMAN-PHANEUF has established a busy career in New York                                                                                           City as a solo, chamber, Broadway, and recording artist.  Since 2002 she                                                                                           has held chairs in 17 Broadway shows, including The Bridges Madison                                                                              County, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George,and My Fair                                                                            Lady. Off Broadway credits include the premiere productions of Jason                                                                                Robert Brown's The Last Five Years (Chicago 2001, NYC 2002) and the                                                                              2013 Classic Stage revival of Stephen Sondheim's Passion. Following her                                                                            sold-out debut at Birdland Jazz Club in 2018 she continues to present                                                                                headlining shows at the iconic venue. Her cello arrangements have                                                                                    become sought-after additions to the Broadway repertoire. Mairi has                                                                                  been a featured performer with John Pizzarelli, Jeremy Jordan, and                                                                                   Jason Robert Brown. She has appeared in multiple TV broadcasts, including the Live From Lincoln Center Broadcasts; Lang Lang's New York Rhapsody, Joshua Bell with Friends @ The Penthouse and Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' To Do. As a classical soloist and chamber musician she performed in the major venues of Europe, Asia and the US. Highlights include performances of the Saint-Saens, Elgar and Dvorak Cello concerti. Mairi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, England, where she studied with Nancy Green. She continued her studies with Green with a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music in London. Other teachers include Steven Isserlis (International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove) and Gary Hoffman (Ravinia's Steans Music Institute).  In 1994 she moved to the US to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she completed Masters and Doctoral Degrees with professor Judith Glyde. Mairi lives in Hartsdale, NY, with her husband, saxophonist, Marc Phaneuf.

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A native of New York, pianist and teaching artist BARBARA PODGURSKI

holds a DMA in piano performance from The Graduate Center (CUNY) as

well as a BM in piano performance and an MM in both piano performance

and music theory from the Mannes College of Music. Dr. Podgurski has

performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States,

Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe and has performed at many of

the world’s finest venues including a number of performances at Carnegie

Hall. She has been featured in numerous television and radio broadcasts,

including appearances on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase, WNYC’s

“Soundcheck”, NPR, WPLN Nashville’s “Live from Studio C”, WQED and

numerous others. Ms. Podgurski was recently featured on a television

documentary for NHK in Japan with her touring partner violinist Elizabeth

Pitcairn and the famed “Red” Mendelssohn Stradivarius. Ms. Podgurski

was a special guest in March 2015 performing for the National Association

of Broadcasters at the 2015 Golden Mike Awards with Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker. Past collaborations with renowned artists including violinists Philippe Graffin and the late Lorand Fenyves, flutist Harold Jones, clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianists Diane Walsh and Seymour Lipkin, and cellists Manfred Stilz, Marcy Rosen and the late Paul Tobias. Dr. Podgurski has premiered numerous new works including a commission of a concerto by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker which she premiered with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. She is a dedicated proponent of new music, focusing on premiering works of NYC based composers and programming such works each season. Barbara has been working for a number of years with the Department of Cultural Affairs as a contact for organizing and contracting musicians for the 9-11 Commemoration Memorial (live televised broadcast from Ground Zero in NYC) and in 2015 was invited with her colleagues to perform at a private ceremony for Pope Francis and members of the United Nations in an interfaith prayer service during the Papal visit to NYC.Dr. Podgurski is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of Musica Reginae Productions in Queens, NY. She is also member of the Pitcairn-Podgurski-Drachman Piano Trio which just completed its first US tour. A former faculty member at The Mannes College of Music (The New School), Hunter College (CUNY) and Mercy College (NY), she is currently on the faculty of the RiverArts Music Program in Hudson Valley and is a consultant for the Board of Education for both New York City and New York State. By invitation in 2014, Dr. Podgurski became a Steinway Teaching Artist.Recent performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall (NY), at the Luzerne Summer Music Festival (NY) and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Trinity Church (NYC), concerts in Palm Beach (FL) and St. Croix (USVI), as well as performing Mozart Piano Concerto in c minor K.491 as soloist with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra in NYC. Barbara is currently a contributing writer to Cambridge’s Nineteenth Century Music Review, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at BMCC (CUNY) and is a staff pianist in the Strings Department at NYU. Barbara performed with rock band Evanescence on their 2017-18 Synthesis Tour and recently performed with legendary vocal group Il Divo on their 2019 US tour.