Soaring, Radiant, Intense  New and Contemporary Orchestral Works by Female Composers Orff Zentrum/Vanessa Badura/Franz Kimmel/Volker Derlath/privat/Randy Nordschow

Soaring, Radiant, Intense
New and Contemporary Orchestral Works by Female Composers


| Carl-Orff-Saal/Carl Orff Hall

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Matinée programme with works for amateur and professional orchestras
Peter Pichler, trautonium
Rainbow Sound Orchestra Munich and friends (among others from Orchesterverein Kempten and Frauenorchesterprojekt Berlin)
Idea and direction: Mary Ellen Kitchens
Conductors: Melissa Panasigui and Alexander Strauch

This concert takes place as part of the conference »›Und sie komponieren, dirigieren doch!‹ Diversity in Music – Female Composers and Conductors in Today’s Music« from 20 to 22 March 2020 held by musica femina münchen e. V. in cooperation with Archiv Frau und Musik in Frankfurt and the Orff-Zentrum München

Together with her conducting colleagues Melissa Panlasigui and Alexander Strauch, Mary Ellen Kitchens explores the orchestral soundscapes of contemporary female composers. With this concert, they also present alternatives to the usual concert programmes as discussed at the conference »›Und sie komponieren, dirigieren doch!‹ Diversity in Music – Female Composers and Conductors in Today’s Music«.
In addition to a movement from a symphony by Gloria Coates dating back to 1974, the programme includes compositions by Dorothea Hofmann, Manuela Kerer and Katrin Schweiger from the recent past as well as a world premiere of a Dorothee Eberhardt composition. Compositions by Gunild Keetman, a pioneer of music education who played a major role in the Orff Schulwerk and died 30 years ago, will be played.  

The diversity of the sources of inspiration drawn upon here offer an insight into the music of female composers that invite the listener to embark on journeys of discovery.
Patroness: Kerstin Schreyer, Bavarian State Minister

With the kind support of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich, the equality body of the city of Munich, the Mariann Steegmann Foundation and the GEMA Foundation
(musica femina münchen e. V.)


  • Composer: Gunild KeetmanOpus: Dances and Spielstücke (a selection)
  • Composer: Katrin SchweigerOpus: »Schwebend« for strings
  • Composer: Manuela KererOpus: »Feuernde Seele« for trautonium and strings
  • Composer: Dorothea HofmannOpus: »Furie« interlude
  • Composer: Dorothee EberhardtOpus: 3rd movement from »Luminoso« for large orchestra (commissioned composition – world premiere)
  • Composer: Gloria CoatesOpus: »Aurora Borealis«, 1st movement from Symphony No 2, »Illuminatio in tenebris«




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