SHE Festival

SHE Festival of Women in Music
A festival celebrating the achievements and contributions of women in music.

March 1–31, 2020

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the Department of Music in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences hosts the 2nd annual, month-long SHE Festival from March 1-31 highlighting the major roles that women have played in the art of music.

SHE will recognize women across the field with an array of music featuring women composers and performers.

“Music often breaks down the barriers that separate us,” said Rhonda Mains, the Department of Music’s chair.

Mains said that in a time when society often strains to listen, “SHE makes room for audiences to hear new sounds, to feature composers of fame and lesser-known stature, and to amplify exceptional stories—all drawing attention to compositions by women, works inspired by women, and music for women.”

Mains said that SHE also crosses borders, intends to evoke an emotional response, and will prompt historical and cultural memories for all who attend.

With guest lectures, performances of Western art music and contemporary music, and a one-woman play, the festival is filled with events that will spur thought and excite audiences.

SHE is sponsored by the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas.

"Aletheia" by Abbie Conant & William Osbourne
7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

A multi-modal performance for actress-singer-instrumentalist, computer controlled piano, and quadraphonic electronics, "Aletheia" is a one-of-a-kind production by trombonist Abbie Conant and composer William Osborne. 

The word “Aletheia” is one of several ancient Greek words for truth and roughly means “creating a space where truth can appear.” Aletheia is an opera singer who is delighted that she has been asked to perform for an opera gala. She only needs to go down to the courtyard and impress the people with her performance…but she reconsiders, desperate…should she really sing? Why won’t her feet move? Does she not know that she lives in a cage, a cage in the form of an iron maiden?

University Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2020
Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center

Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for faculty, staff and students; and $5 for senior. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Masterclass with Composer Lori Laitman
3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020 
Billingsley Music Building, Room 335

This event is free.

Guest Lecture with Composer Lori Laitman
4:10 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020
TBD

This event is free.

The Lyrique Quintette
3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2020 
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

Featuring the music of three female composers: Valerie Coleman, Katherine Ann Murdock, and Louise Farrenc. The Lyrique Quintette is the resident woodwind chamber group at the University of Arkansas. As an ensemble, the group is a champion of new music and music of under-represented composers. 

This concert features Valerie Coleman's Portraits of Josephine Baker, Katherine Ann Murdock's Postcards from the Center, and Louise Farrenc's Sextet in C minor, Op. 40. 

This event is free. 

Contemporary Music Concert
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 
Black Box Theare, Global Campus

This event is free.

Guest Artist, Nicole Esposito, flute
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

This event is free. 

Faculty Collage
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020 
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

This event is free.

Claudia Burson Trio 
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

This event is free. 

Theresa Delaplain & Miroslava Panayotova
7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

This event is free.

Jazz Showcase Concert
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

This event is free.

Women in Music Meet & Greet
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Billingsley Music Building 115

In partnership with the Psi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the SHE Festival presents a meet and greet for UA students and area professional women in music. 

This event is free.

Student Collage
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

This event is free.