Submitted by La Cafamore

La Cafamore is in its sixth season of performing chamber works in the Kootenays. The trio consisting of Angela Snyder (violin), Alexis More (viola) and Carolyn Cameron (piano) is returning to Christ Church Trinity in Invermere on Friday, May 22nd to perform works exclusively by women composers.

Some of my favourite concerts have been those featuring works by women, said Ms. Cameron.Im not sure if its the thrill of discovering a hidden jewel, promoting the talented underdog, or just getting completely involved in amazing works.Im always surprised these pieces arent performed more often.

The dissemination of classical music into the popular consciousness involves several steps: talented composers, willing publishers, able performers and a public receptive to the work. If any of these steps is missing, great works can be overlooked. Take the case of Fanny Mendelssohn.

By all accounts, she was every bit as talented as her younger brother, Felix, said Ms. Cameron, but her family and societys belief that women should not seek careers in music resulted in Felix publishing many of her works under his name.

One such work became a favourite of Queen Victoria.The Queen, upon meeting Felix, asked him to play her favourite song to him.Felix sheepishly confessed that the music was, in fact, written by his sister, Fanny.Even to this day, many of Fannys over 450 works remain unpublished.

Rebecca Clarkes works were largely ignored during her lifetime, even though she is considered one of the most important composers from the period between WWI and WWII. She would sometimes use a male alias for some of her works, and received much greater praise for those works than the works performed under her own name. It wasnt until very late in her life that some interest in her compositions occurred.

La Cafamore is excited to return to Invermere.

We get such an enthusiastic audience, said Ms. Cameron. We hope that they will appreciate the works.This music deserves a prominent place in the classical music repertoire.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Tiffanys Thredz. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniorss and children under 12 are free.