Dame Ethel's life and work will be celebrated November 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a symposium, "Buccaneer with a Baton: Dame Ethel Smyth – Composer, Author, Activist (1858-1944)" at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center, Indiana University Southeast, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, Ind.
Author, suffragette, champion of music as a profession for women, rider to hounds, mountain climber, golfer and aficionado of old English sheepdogs, Ethel Smyth must certainly rank as one of the most colorful figures of the Edwardian era. Smyth's Der Wald was the first, and still only, opera composed by a woman to be performed at the New York's Metropolitan Opera.
Joanna Goldstein, pianist; Melinda Cumberledge, soprano; the Kentucky Center Chamber Players and the Concert Choir and Orchestra of Indiana University Southeast will perform Smyth's music.
Dr. Elizabeth Wood (New York University), Dr. Estelle Jorgensen and Dr. Marianne Kielian-Gilbert (Indiana University, Bloomington), Dr. Kelly Ryan and Dr. Christa Zorn (Indiana University Southeast) and Susan Reigler (ARS FEMINA Ensemble) will give talks and participate in panel discussions about Smyth's musical, political and literary legacy.
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