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Miami Mujeres: A Celebration of Miami's History & its Women
Start Date: 02/08/2020   End Date: 02/08/2020   
Miami Mujeres: A Celebration of Miami's History & its Women

Celebrate the History of Miami and the Women who Made it a Great City! The City of Miami is the only major US city which was founded by a woman- Julia Tuttle. Orchestra Miami celebrates this unique history and the contributions of is women with a concert of music composed by women, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving Women the right to vote. The concert takes place at 8:00 PM on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at the historic First Miami Presbyterian Church, home to Miami's oldest congregation, located at 609 Brickell Avenue. The concert is part of Orchestra Miami’s “Discover Miami Through Music” series, which presents appropriately themed concerts in Miami’s places of historic interest in order to give us an opportunity to learn more about our city and each other through music. Founded in 1896, The First Miami Presbyterian Church was the first formal Presbyterian congregation in Miami, founded two months before Miami became incorporated as a city. Henry Flagler became the church’s biggest benefactor. Of course, Mr. Flagler would not have come to Miami if Julia Tuttle hadn’t convinced him of Miami’s vast potential and persuaded him to extend his East Coast Railroad to Miami in 1896. As a result of this, Miami is the only major U.S. city to be founded by a woman. The concert features compositions by four note-worthy women composers- Tania León, Amy Beach, Florence Price and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The concert will be conducted by Orchestra Miami’s Founder & Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi and features powerhouse Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova as the soloist on Amy Beach’s piano concerto. In tribute to each of the composers on the concert, Orchestra Miami will honor four women who have greatly contributed to Miami’s heritage, inviting them to read a brief paragraph about each composer and be honored themselves at the concert. The four honorees will be Chairperson of U.S. Century Bank Aida Levitan, historian, author and preservationist Arva Moore Parks McCabe, Miami historian and first African-American President of the Dade Heritage Trust Enid Curtis Pinckney and former Miami-Dade County Commissioner and former President and CEO of the Miami Foundation, Ruth Shack. The program includes music of a wide variety of styles from four major female composers. The concert begins with the exciting composition Ácana by Afro-Cuban composer Tania León, followed by the lushly romantic Concerto for Piano in C # Minor by Amy Marcy Beach, the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music and one of the most acclaimed composers of her era. Following intermission, the orchestra will perform the Concert Overture N. 2 by Florence Price. the first black woman composer to have a symphony performed by a major US orchestra. The Concert Overture is inspired by three spirituals: Go Down Moses, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, and Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen. The final piece on the program is the Symphony N. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra) by Miami native and graduate of Coral Gables High School Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The Symphony was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1983, making her the first female composer to win the prize. Following the concert, there will be a reception for our honorees in the church reception hall. VIP tickets, which include the post-concert reception and a reserved seat, are $60 per person. General admission seating for the concert only is priced from $5 to $40. Limited free parking is available at the church parking lot; spillover parking is available at the Bank of America parking garage adjacent to the church. Tickets and complete information can be found at or by calling (305) 274-2103.

First Miami Presbyterian Church
609 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
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