Fort Wayne’s Mikautadze Dance Theatre will give a special performance.

Manchester Symphony celebrates the women of music

Throughout the history of music, female composers have been less vaunted than their male counterparts.

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra offers a performance that showcases both current and past female composers in a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus of Manchester University.

Tickets for the general public are $10. Admission is free for MU students, faculty and staff with ID, and guests 18 years and younger.

Debra LynnThe performance features compositions by Dame Ethel Smyth, Louise Farrenc and MU’s own Debra Lynn. Soloists are Kristin Westover on violin and Christen Adler on horn.

Fort Wayne’s Mikautadze Dance Theatre will give a special performance.

There will be a pre-concert conversation in Cordier to discuss the issue of female composers and how they have been treated over the years. Attendance at the pre-concert conversation is not required for Manchester students seeking VIA credit.

The concert is part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts program at the University.

Founded in 1939, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra is a carefully crafted collaboration of professional and community musicians, along with selected MU faculty, staff and student musicians.

Scott Humphries, an assistant professor at the University, conducts the symphony orchestra. Humphries also conducts the MU Symphonic Band and is principal conductor of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band.

Activities of the orchestra are supported by collaborations with the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation of Wabash County and the Honeywell Center. Productions include the Piano Coffee Hour hosted by Timbercrest and the Peabody Retirement Community. Also, look for performances by the MU Jazz Quartet sponsored by the MSO.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

Sept. 22, 2015

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