About The Event
“an extraordinary quartet” —The New York Times
The pianist Magdalena Baczewska brings the renowned Cassatt String Quartet to the Italian Academy to perform music by three American women — Amy Beach, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and Florence Price. The concert is free, and advance reservations are recommended.
In 2019, Ms. Baczewska and the Cassatts performed at the Italian Academy to a full house, who “were clearly moved by the music and offered standing ovations,” wrote Rick Whitaker, Italian Academy concert manager in Columbia News. “It was a concert I always describe as one of the best we’ve ever presented,” he said.
All three composers on the program were pioneers and groundbreaking musicians. Price was the first Black woman to have her music performed by a major orchestra. Moore, who lived in New York City until her death last year, was co-founder of Symphony of the New World, the first racially-integrated orchestra in the United States. Beach is known for being the first woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra in 1896.
On the program, the CSQ performs Moore’s “Modes” and Prices’ String Quartet No. 1, and is joined by Baczewska for Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor. Baczewska also performs a solo piano work by Price.
For more information about this performance, please visit the event website.
Image: Cassatt Quartet / courtesy of the Italian Academy