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Artemis Chamber Ensemble Presents “Celebrating Women in Music” Concert, April 10

Date Released: 4/3/2008

The Artemis Chamber Ensemble spotlights its fearless female leaders and salutes their pioneering predecessors with “Celebrating Women in Music,” a concert of works by female composers April 10 at 7 PM at the White Plains Presbyterian Church. Laura Kaminsky, composer and Dean of the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, is the guest speaker. The Ensemble will also perform one of her compositions. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-7908.

The White Plains Presbyterian Church is located at 39 North Broadway, White Plains, N.Y.

The Artemis Chamber Ensemble will present works ranging from those by early trailblazers Clara Schumann, Trio, Opus 17, and Amy Beach, Ballade, Opus 6, to contemporary gems by Hudson Valley resident Hilary Tann, The Gardens of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici, and special guest Laura Kaminsky, Duo for Cello and Piano. The program also includes Kokopelli, by Katherine Hoover, based on the Native American deity of fertility, who also represents the spirit of music.

This concert features Melissa Healy, flute; Charity Wicks, piano; and Christine Chu, cello.

Dean Laura Kaminsky’s compositions are frequently performed across the United States and abroad including West Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She has received commissions, fellowships and awards as a composer and presenter from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund and Chamber Music America, among many others. She is also the Curator of Music Programs at New York City’s Symphony Space.

Founded by Purchase College Conservatory of Music alumni in 2003, the Artemis Chamber Ensemble has established a reputation in New York’s performing arts community for its flexible structure, creative programming and dedication to outreach. The Ensemble can form a chamber orchestra, string quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet and a myriad of other combinations, which allows for infinite program options. Artemis Chamber Ensemble presents works ranging from baroque/classical and contemporary works to rock/jazz transcriptions. The musicians of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble have appeared on some of the world’s premiere stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. Its members are active educators and support music in schools through Artemis by providing creative and engaging programs that will expand students’ knowledge of music, as well as encourage a lifetime love of music making.