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Pianist Jessica Osborne highlights female composers Oct. 29

Osborne's final DMA recital features music from Clara Schumann and Amy Beach to Sofia Gubaidulina and Phyllis Chen, among others
October 29, 2015

21042712_12Pianist Jessica Osborne will perform her final Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 pm. The program will feature music by female composers from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Osborne will open with selections from the Four Sketches, Op. 19, by Agatha Backer Grøndahl, a 19th-century Norwegian composer, followed by Clara Schumann’s Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in G minor, Op. 16. Grøndahl and Schumann were both prominent pianists, Schumann being one of the most distinguished of the romantic era.

Next, Osborne will perform Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Four Songs for Piano, Op. 8. As a child, Fanny Mendelssohn’s musical abilities were compared equally to those of her more famous brother, Felix, and some of her early works were originally published under his name.

The first half of the program will conclude with Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne. Gubaidulina, whose music was deemed “irresponsible” during her studies in Soviet Russia, was supported at a young age by Dmitri Shostakovich, who encouraged her to continue down her “mistaken path.”

After intermission, the concert will continue with Columba, a work written in 2015 for solo piano and shadow box by Phillis Chen. Chen is a composer, pianist, toy pianist, and one of the founding members of the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble.

Osborne will continue with two pieces by Amy Beach, one of the first successful female composers in the United States: By the Still Waters, Op. 114, and A Humming-bird, Op. 128, followed by Kaija Saariaho‘s Prelude. The evening will conclude with Ruth Crawford Seeger’s The Adventures of Tom Thumb, which Osborne will both play and narrate. An important modernist composer and folk-music specialist, Seeger was a major figure in the 1920s and ’30s and was the first woman to receive the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. 

The recital will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free. The recital will also stream live online.

About Jessica Osborne

Pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne was born in 1979 in San Antonio, TX, and grew up in Reston, VA. Dubbed a “superb pianist” and “… a pianist with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” by the Washington Post, Ms. Osborne’s passionate, earnest playing has been featured on such illustrious stages as those at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, and the Seoul Arts Center, among others. Ms. Osborne has had the wonderful privilege to study with important mentors including Claude Frank, Emile Naoumoff, Jon Kimura Parker, Seymour Lipkin, Marjorie Lee, and her mother, Patricia Osborne. She holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, Rice University, and Yale University. Ms. Osborne is an avid soloist, collaborator, chamber musician, and teacher. This season, she is embarking upon an exciting tour of recitals presenting works by women composers, both past and present. WEBSITE