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Why Amy Beach Matters

  • Forest Hills Cemetery 95 Forest Hills Avenue Boston, MA, 02130 United States (map)

To celebrate Women's History Month, join us for a talk on the noted American composer Amy Beach.  Amy Beach (1867-1944) rose to fame in the late 19th-century, and was  widely praised as among the most important American composers.  But after her death, she fell into obscurity, and for decades her music was completely unknown.  A rediscovery began in the 1970s, becoming a crescendo that reached a notable peak in 2017, the 150th anniversary of her birth.  Dr. Liane Curtis considers Beach's remarkable musical legacy, with special attention to the many groundbreaking works she composed while living in Boston.

Our speaker Liane Curtis serves as President of Women's Philharmonic Advocacy (, a non-profit organization that encourages orchestras to program more music by women. She is Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center of Brandeis University. In 2000 she worked with the Boston Women's Heritage Trail to have Amy Beach's name added to the names of the 87 composers that adorn the Hatch Shell.

After the talk, a quartet of members from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will play several of Amy Beach's compositions.

The event is being co-sponsored by Forest Hills Cemetery, the Boston Women's Heritage Trail and the JP Historical Society.  Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Earlier Event: January 13
Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse talk
Later Event: April 8
Bela Lyon Pratt