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Focus Festival Celebrates the 19th Amendment

Jan 22, 2020
Juilliard musician plays the harp against a black background

It's the centennial of the 19th Amendment, an anniversary to celebrate historically and culturally. From Friday, January 24 to Friday, January 31, Focus Festival at The Juilliard School is commemorating this occasion with a globe-trotting survey of music by women. The festival, this year titled "Trailblazers: Pioneering Women Composers of the 20th Century" will present six free concerts that showcase 32 female composers from five continents. 

Notable composers that will be highlighted during the concerts include: Florence Price, the first black woman to have her music played by a major American orchestra; Lee Young-ja, considered one of the most important South Korean composers of her generation; Ursula Mamlok, an influential teacher at the Manhattan School of Music; and more. The festival concerts will take place at the 
Peter Jay Sharp Theater at 155 West 65th Street as performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble (NJE) conducted by Joel Sachs, the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Anne Manson, chamber ensembles, and soloists. Click here for tickets to performances.
Click here to read a deep dive into the festival and co-curators with The New York Times

Photo credit: The Juilliard School