Department of Music

Department of Music honors Women's Month with benefit concert for the Women's Resource Center

Tracy Cowden

Department of Music honors Women's Month with benefit concert for the Women's Resource Center

BLACKSBURG, Va. February 18, 2008 - The Virginia Tech Department of Music presents guest pianist Lise Keiter-Brotzman in "A Tribute to Women Composers" on Wednesday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m., in the Squires Recital Salon located in the Squires Student Center on College Ave. adjacent to downtown Blacksburg.

The program of solo piano music written exclusively by women composers is presented with support from the Women's Center and the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series at Virginia Tech, and will serve as a benefit concert for the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley. Donations will be accepted at the door for the Women's Resource Center. A reception will follow the concert in the Williamsburg Room.

Dr. Lise Keiter-Brotzman will visit Virginia Tech for a two-day residency, with support from the Department of Music and the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. In addition to the Wednesday night solo recital, Dr. Keiter-Brotzman will present a lecture-recital Tuesday March 18 at 2:00 p.m., and a master class Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.; both events are free and open to the public.

Pianist Lise Keiter-Brotzman has performed nation-wide and is active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestra. She is currently the Music Department Chair at Mary Baldwin College, a women's college, in Staunton, Virginia. Her work at Mary Baldwin led her to develop an interest in the music of women composers, and in 2005, she developed an all-women composers program of solo piano works, in honor of the bicentenary year of pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847). This highly popular recital has become her most-requested program, and she has performed it over a dozen times to date. Other composers featured in the program include Maria Hester Park, Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, and Madeleine Dring.

The Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley, a non-profit, human service organization, has been providing hope and help to victims of domestic and sexual violence for 30 years. The Women's Resource Center, the oldest in Virginia, provides programs and services free of charge to both children and adults in Radford and Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and New River Valley Community College, Radford University and Virginia Tech campuses to create a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault through services, support and education. During Fiscal Year 2007, the WRC provided 11,697 nights of shelter to children and adults, and reached 18,847 people with educational and outreach presentations about violence. With a 3 % overall increase in clients last year, the WRC continues to provide services to those in need of assistance with domestic and sexual violence situations.

The Department of Music at Virginia Tech provides professional music training to select music students and enhances the cultural life of the university, region, and the Commonwealth through teaching, professional service, artistic performance, creativity, and research. The Department of Music, located in the School of the Arts within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, also provides high-quality training to a wide variety of ensembles and courses for large numbers of non-music majors.