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USU Piano Recital Pays Tribute to Women Composers

The Herald Journal Monday, Oct. 08, 2018

Earlier this year, Utah State University piano students Erin Huld and Emma Call got an email from a music professor issuing them and their peers a challenge: Learn a piece of music from a woman piano composer. “In light of everything that’s happened here recently, it’s important to showcase all the great things women have done throughout the history of music,” Huld said in an interview. On Monday night at the Caine-Wanlass Performance Hall, Huld and Call played a duet. ... Cache Valley residents got a chance to learn about Mendelssohn-Hensel, ... and that of other female pianists during the USU piano area recital, “A Celebration of Women Composers.” Kevin Olson, associate professor of music, told the audience before the start of Monday’s performance that the idea for the recital got started in his music literature class. ... While many women learned play piano, few got the opportunity to perform in public, according to Olson. ... Olson wants the recital to become a tradition with a different theme each year.

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