Celebrate Women's History Month - Lecture on Composer Amy Beach

Composer Amy BeachCo-sponsored by the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, the JP Historical Society, and Forest Hills Cemetery

A LECTURE — on noted American composer, Amy Beach

Sunday, March 25th at 2PM
Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery

To celebrate Women’s History Month, please join the JP Historical Society for a talk on Amy Beach, the noteworthy American composer.  Dr. Liane Curtis, who serves as President of Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University, will speak about Beach’s remarkable musical legacy with special attention to the many groundbreaking works she composed while living in Boston.

A performance of some of Beach’s music and light refreshments will follow.

Free and open to the public.

Amy Beach is interred in the Beach family Lot on Dahlia Path. Maps will be available for a self-guided visit after the talk.

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867 – 1944) was an American composer and pianist. Her Gaelic Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. One of the most respected and acclaimed composers of her era, in later life Beach used her status to advocate for music education and to further the careers of young musicians. She also served as leader of some organizations focused on music education and women, including the Society of American Women Composers as its first president.

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society was founded in 1987 to preserve and promote the rich history of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. They offer historic walking tours, book talks, lectures, and film-screenings. Their website provides a comprehensive source of information about Jamaica Plain history with over 300 articles and more than 1700 historic images. The JPHS is an all-volunteer organization and welcomes contributions of photographs and historic essays about Jamaica Plain.

The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail is a program of the Boston Educational Development Foundation (BEDF), the non-profit foundation of the Boston Public Schools. They work to restore women to their rightful place in the history of Boston and in the school curriculum by uncovering, chronicling, and disseminating information about the women who have made lasting contributions to the City of Boston.