“The first-ever LunART Festival will be held in Madison on June 28-30, with the mission to support, inspire, promote, and celebrate women in the arts,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (5/8) article at Madison365.com (Wisconsin). “All artistic creators … composers, visual artists, writers, speakers … will be women…. [Included are] concerts, outreach events, and educational programs…. The inaugural festival includes three … concerts of contemporary classical music and two … late-night performances featuring local women hip-hop artists, singer-songwriters, and a rock band. Also on the schedule is an outreach concert featuring emerging women composers, a lecture about the influence of women in the arts, and a panel discussion about collaboration in the arts. The festival’s 2018 Artist in Residence is … composer Jenni Brandon [whose] instrumental and vocal works will be showcased…. Four works were selected to be performed at each of the Gala concerts during the festival … Katy Abbott, Glisten for solo piano; Veronika Krausas, Hopscotch Tarot for mezzo soprano and violin; Xinyan Li, Mongolian Impressions for bassoon, string quartet, and percussion; and Ingrid Stölzel, The Gorgeous Nothings for soprano, flute, oboe, and piano.” Iva Ugrcic, a flutist, is the festival’s founder and executive director.

Posted May 9, 2018