Posted on February 17, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

The Bucknell University Orchestra's "Semester of Social Justice," a three-concert series during the spring 2016 semester, will debut Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free and open to the public.

Commemorating International Women's Day, this concert is titled "The Struggle to be Heard - Women Composers and the Symphony" and will feature music of great women composers. Selections will include music by British composer and suffragette Ethel Smyth, Cecile Chaminade, Rachel Portman and Florence Price, the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major orchestra. Guest performers will include Leslie Cullen, flute soloist, and the Women of the Bucknell Chorale under the direction of Professor Beth Willer.

This concert is made possible in part with support from the President's Fund, the It Starts With Me Mini Grant and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender.

The Semester of Social Justice Series is a direct, musical response to Bucknell President John Bravman's call for Bucknellians to recommit to action that fosters an environment that reduces intolerance and discrimination and builds a community in which all are valued and respected.

Additional concerts in this series are scheduled for March 4 and April 16.

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