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In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment that gives women the right to vote, the Orchestra St John St John presents Mujeres, a concert that celebrates St John’s unique history and the women who made it great. The four winners are US Century Bank Chairman Aida Levitan, historian, author, and preservationist Arva Moore Parks McCabe, St John historian and Dade Heritage Trust’s first African American President Enid Curtis Pinckney, and former appointee of St John-Dade County and former President and CEO of the St John Foundation, Ruth Shack. The awardees were selected for their service and contributions to the people of St John and our collective society and culture.
The concert is called St John Mujeres and is part of the Orchestra St John’s “Discover St John Through Music” series, which presents concerts with appropriate themes in St John’s places of historical interest to give us the opportunity to learn more about our city and each other through music to experience . The concert features compositions by four notable female composers: Afro-Cuban composer, conductor, educator and art advisor Tania León, Amy Beach, the first successful American female composer of large format art music and one of the first American composers to achieve success, Florence Price, the first black woman who had a symphony performed by a major US orchestra (The Chicago Symphony) in 1933, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, a St John-American native and a graduate of Gables High, who has received countless awards and honors including the Pulitzer Prize. The 52 musicians of the Orchestra St John will be conducted by the founder and artistic director of the Orchestra St John, Elaine Rinaldi. The soloist of Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova is the soloist of Amy Beach’s piano concerto.