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In the News – Dr. Phillip W. Serna Featured with Burning River Baroque on WCLV 104.9 Ideastream, November 9,2016

Twisted Fate - Famed and Forgotten Female Composers

On November 9th, 2016, Cleveland’s WCLV 104.9 broadcast Burning River Baroque’s Music from the Western Reserve program “Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers” on their program Cleveland Ovations:

The history of western art music predominantly focuses on the lives and works of male teachers, composers, and performers. In eras when women rarely had access to the same educational and professional opportunities as their male colleagues, it can be easy to presume that women were simply not as productive and successful in the field. A closer look at history, however, reveals that some women in the past were able to rise above the gender restrictions placed on them and achieved great success as professional musicians. Others led more private professional lives cloistered in abbeys and composing for their fellow sisters. Burning River Baroque will present a program that blends works of both the famous and forgotten female composers from antiquity to the present, including Hildegard von Bingen, Jacquet de la Guerre, Princess Anna Amalia, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, and Martha Bishop. “Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers” will explore the ways in which historical circumstances twisted the lives of some women into the spotlight and others into the shadows as well as their diverse portrayals of female characters.

Performers: Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano, Malina Rauschenfels,  Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Paula Maust, harpsichord & organ


For more information on Burning River Baroque’s Music from the Western Reserve program “Twisted Fate: Famed and Forgotten Female Composers,” visit For more information about Cleveland’s WCLV 104.9 Ideastream and Cleveland Ovations, please visit

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