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Odaline de la Martinez
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2 November 2016 Comments Off on The 6th London Festival of American Music opens this Sunday Views: 1160 Composers

The 6th London Festival of American Music opens this Sunday

The 6th London Festival of American Music launches on 6th November 2016 with performances by the Fidelio Trio, New London Chamber Choir as well as its founder Odaline de la Martinez with her ensemble Lontano celebrating 40 years of existence this year. This year’s edition is dedicated to American women composers, and the works of Odaline de la Martinez – who became the first woman to conduct at the BBC Proms in 1984 – will feature prominently in the festival’s programme, alongside composers such as Annie Gosfield, Jennifer Higdon, Elena Ruehr, Hannah Lash, or Amy Beach.

Lontano opens the festival on November 6th at 6:30pm with a film of Selected Scenes from Imoinda, the award-winning opera and Part I of her Slavery Opera Trilogy.

Four days later, on the 10th of November at 7:30pm, her song cycle After Sylvia based on poems by Sylvia Plath will be performed in the concert titled Women in Song, with Nadine Benjamin (soprano) and Susanna Stranders (piano).

The London Festival of American Music explores and celebrates the work of major American composers and reflects the variety of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music today. Its 6th edition has founds its home at The Warehouse on the London Southbank, and has special focus on female composers and performers. Martinez initiated the festival ten years ago and it has since become a biennial fixture to celebrate contemporary American music in the UK, with the aim to promote the work of outstanding American composers, well established in the States but less known to UK audiences.

Find more information about the festival on this link.

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