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"Sophie's Daughters Recital" Nov. 4 focuses on German female composers

Brigham Young University's School of Music and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages will sponsor the third annual Sophie's Daughters Recital on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Every summer students and faculty members travel to Germanic countries to research German female composers. The information and pieces of music they find are then archived in the Sophie Digital Archive and performed in an annual concert.

This year's concert "Modern From Her Hat to Her Heels: Female Composers in Fin-de-siècle Vienna" will feature composers they researched this last summer, including Camilla Frydan, Alma Schindler Mahler, Vilma von Webenau, Mathilde Kralik von Meyrswalden and Johanna Müller-Hermann.

The concert, coordinated by Ruth Christensen and Robert McFarland, will feature narration and performances by students and faculty from the School of Music and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages.

Faculty and students participating in the concert include narrators Shane Peterson, Carolyn Dehdari, Kelsey Draper, Michelle Flowers and Melanie Antuna; violinists Julie Beistline and Sarah Clement; Andre Snow, viola; Adam Crandall, violoncello; pianists Jonathan Bowman and Robin Hancock; Lawrence Vincent, tenor; Anna Mooy Braithwaite and Ruth Christensen, mezzo-sopranos; Bryson Mortensen, baritone; and sopranos Rachel Robertson Cox and Christaine Hauser Swenson.

The Sophie Archive is a digital library containing works by German female authors, artists and composers. It can be accessed at

For more information contact Robert McFarland at (801) 422-8331.

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