Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon

Bold Spirits: Celebrating Women Composers

The CMC Piano Department invites you to the Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon, Bold Spirits: Celebrating Women Composers streaming online for a weekend of masterful piano performances!

Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5pm
FREE, donations greatly appreciated


The Keyboard Marathon will be dedicated to the memory of Juliet McComas, our dear colleague and friend, an outstanding musician, exceptional teacher, and the founder of the annual Keyboard Marathon. The first Marathon took place in 2004 and started a beloved CMC tradition. Each year, our talented faculty presents a program of beautiful music, exploring a different theme or composer. This year’s concerts will draw from the vast and largely unknown range of music by female composers. The music of women composers often comprises only a small percentage of programmed piano repertoire, yet many outstanding female composers have made significant contributions to classical music.

The program will present music from the Baroque to the 21st century — from Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre to Nina Simone — as well as showcasing works composed by our faculty members Paula Dreyer, Allison Lovejoy, Janis Mercer, Betty Wong, and Shirley Wong-Frentzel. The program also includes selections by Amy Beach, Nathalie Bera-Tagrine, Valerie Capers, Cécile Chaminade, Wanda Landowska, Veronika Krausas, Elise Kwon, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Meredith Monk, Zenobia Powell Perry, Clara Schumann, Maria Szymanowska, Germaine Tailleferre, Karen Tanaka, and Errollyn Wallen.

Featured CMC piano faculty performers include Christian Bonvin, Jacqueline Chew, Paula Dreyer, Grace Huenemann, Allison Lovejoy, Janis Mercer, Michaela Overall, Jennifer Peringer, Matylda Rotkiewicz, Shirley Wong-Frentzel, Betty Wong, and Lilia Zheltova, with special guests Esther Chan, and Annie Nalezny.

Full program notes will be shared online in April. Stay tuned for more!


RSVP HERE to receive email reminders and a link to the concert sent to your inbox, and enjoy the music from the best seats in the house—your own!



How to watch:

1. On Facebook Live (This option is great so you can engage with the performers by liking, sharing, and commenting on the broadcast.) Click the links below at the time of the broadcast to go to the livestream. You may need to click the play button on the post to start the stream.

2. CMC’s website The videos will appear below at the time of the broadcast. Click the image to start the livestream, if it’s not playing. If you do not see the stream, refresh your browser. It may take a moment to begin at 5pm.

Schedule of Performances:

DAY 1 (Saturday, April 24):

Shirley Wong-Frentzel: Haprsichord Suite No. 1 in D minor (Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre)
Esther Chan: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann (Clara Schumann)
Janis Mercer: Kinderszenen (Janis Mercer)
Michaela Overall: Portraits in Jazz (Valerie Capers)
Allison Lovejoy: A Chorus of Night-things from “UN-intermezzi for solo piano” (Veronika Krausas); Nocturne: Remembrance (Allison Lovejoy)
Betty Wong: Railroad (Travel Song) (Meredith Monk); Bagatelle (1960) (Shirley Wong)
Annie Nalezny: Terminal 2 (Nathalie Béra-Tagrine); Automne, Op. 35. No. 2 (Cécile Chaminade)

Read the Day 1 Program Notes Here

DAY 2 (Sunday, April 25): 

Christian Bonvin: Nocturne in B-flat Major (Maria Szymanowska); Impromptu (Germaine Tailleferre)
Jennifer Peringer: Selections from Piano Potpourri (Zenobia Powell Perry); Solo transcribed from “Good Bait” (Nina Simone); I Wouldn’t Normally Say (Errollyn Wallen)
Matylda Rotkiewicz: Dreaming from “Four Sketches, Op. 15” (Amy Beach); Waltz in E minor, Op. Posth. (Wanda Landowska)
Paula Dreyer: Forrest in the Forest; Azul; and Finding Home (Paula Dreyer)
Grace Huenemann: Januar and Februar from “Das Jahr” (Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
Lilia Zheltova: In the Beginning and Farewell to the Millenium (Vera Yavlinsky); Intermezzo (Elise Kwon)
Jacqueline Chew: Northern Lights; Lavender Field; and Water Dance (III movement) (Karen Tanaka)

Read the Day 2 Program Notes Here



The Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon is free to view, but your donations remain essential for us to cover our costs and pay artists in full.

Donate to the Keyboard Marathon Here