Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraThursday, March 12, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and renowned violinist Alina Ibragimova for an evening celebrating “Fierce & Female” voices in the arts, featuring poets Clare Welsh and Shooooz.
Guest soloist Alina Ibragimova will play and talk with host Christine Hestwood about her experiences and career as a fast-rising female artist and one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of her generation. She has established a reputation as a violinist who is both virtuosic and facile, excelling equally in modern and period instruments and repertoire. Of her playing, The Guardian said “The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener.”
Alina Ibragimova, violin: Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of her generation. This is illustrated by her prominent presence at the BBC Proms since 2015: aside from concerto performances from the standard repertoire, her Proms appearances have included a concert with a baroque ensemble and two late-night Royal Albert Hall recitals featuring the complete Bach partitas and sonatas
Christine Hestwood is a Pittsburgh-based conductor, educator and singer who has enjoyed a long association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She served as co-director of the April 2013 Music for the Spirit concert. Christine is a vocal music teacher in the Upper St. Clair School District and the Director of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. Christine earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (voice) from Duquesne University and a Master’s degree in Conduction from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Grammy Award winning conductor Robert Page.
Clare Welsh is a poet based in Pittsburgh, and a graduate of The University of New Orleans MFA program. In 2019 her poems appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Puerto Del Sol, The Midwest Review, The Coal Hill Review, Cagibi, Fine Print Paper, Sundog Lit, Waxing & Waning, The Peauxdunque Review, The Raw Art Review, and Twyckenham Notes. Her poems have been nominated for both Pushcart and Best of the Net anthologies, read on NPR Atlanta and WHIV New Orleans radio stations, and her manuscript Wolfdog was a finalist for Muse/A Journal’s 2019 book prize. Her chapbook Chimeras (2014) is available through Finishing Line Press.
Shooooz is an artist, writer, and performance poet, whose work has been featured in the Sakura Review and on MuslimGirl.com. She is a writer at the intersection of South Asian heritage and visibly Muslim identity, exploring themes of gender, race, identity, and the postcolony. Shooooz is the founder and director of Manifest Creativity, a Pittsburgh-based initiative centering Muslim artists and other marginalized voices. Before joining the Pittsburgh community, she represented Seattle at the 2018 National Poetry Slam, and co-directed the Muslim Writers Collective in Seattle.