Thanks to a performance support grant from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, FBSO features the works of musical families Schumann, Mendelssohn and Coleridge-Taylor in its first concert of 2018, on Sunday, February 8 at the Stafford Centre.
The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the excellent compositions written by women in classical music. All too often, classical performances feature only male composers. In “All in the Family”, the audience will explore compositions from both the male and the female in the family.

Sometimes siblings, sometimes spouses, you’ll find that the composers share more than a last name – they also share immense musical talent. But that talent is expressed in differing ways. Concertgoers will get a feeling for the creative styles of these musical families, and how their music is similar in some ways and very, very different in others.

The program includes Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Overture, her only known orchestral work. Though she originally showed the greater musical promise, her brother Felix was the name remembered for generations. FBSO honors him with a performance of Hebridies. Robert and Clara Schumann were a 19 th century husband and wife composing team. Clara’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7 and Robert’s Manfred Overture gives the audience a taste of each one’s unique style. Avril Coleridge-Taylor was an English composer, the daughter of composer Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor. Avril’s Golden Ballet Suite (Excerpt) stands with her father’s Three Dream Dances.

The program will also feature the winners of the HTMA’s concerto competition. William Hua (7 th grade), performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, 1 st mvt and Stephan Xie (10 thgrade) with Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor, 3rd mvt.