By Aaron Keebaugh
In 1990, the cartoonist Charles Schulz illustrated a comic strip that showed Peppermint Patty and Marcie at a concert. “This next piece is a concerto for flute and orchestra,” Marcie tells Patty. “It was composed by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich who, incidentally, just happens to be a woman.”
“Good going, Ellen!” Patty shouts while standing in her chair.
Indeed, Zwilich has had a remarkable career. She is the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for music (an honor bestowed upon her First Symphony in 1983), and she has garnered commissions from orchestras and ensembles from all over the world.
Friday at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, a trio consisting of violinist Andrés Cárdenes, cellist Anne Martindale Williams, and pianist David Deveau offered Zwilich’s Piano Trio at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. READ MORE