press release July 1, 1999: Tonkunstler Orchestra will open its first concert of the third millennium with Dark Nebulae by Nancy Van de Vate

Vienna's famed Tonkunstler Orchestra will open its first concert of the Third Millennium with the work DARK NEBULAE by Nancy Van de Vate. The subscription concert on January 16, 2000 will be held in the Large Hall (Goldenensaal) of the Musikverein, perhaps the world's most famous concert hall. Conducted by Carlos Kalmar, it will also include works by d'Albert and R. Strauss and will be repeated on January 17 in the Festspielhaus, St. Polten, Austria.

The Tonkunstler Orchestra's 1999-2000 season will also include major works by three other Austrian women composers: 100-year-old Grete von Zieritz, now living in Berlin, Silvia Sommer, and Maria Bach, who died in 1978. The piano concerto of Clara Schumann will also be heard on regular subscription concerts in Vienna and St. Polten.

The Tonkunstler Orchestra's upcoming season alone includes more works by women composers than the entire combined 1997 seasons of the 25 top-budget orchestras in the United States. A recent survey by the Women's Philharmonic in San Francisco revealed that only three works by women composers were included among the 1500 different compositions performed by those orchestras during 1997.

July 1, 1999
Vienna, Austria

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