and the Ecstasy
Shulamit Ran, Five College
composer-in-residence from the University of Chicago, shared
"Musings on Music: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Being a
Woman Composer" during a Five College Women's Studies
Research Center work-in-progress talk this week.
Ran began composing at age seven, and at
fourteen played one of her compositions with Leonard
Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Ran has since
written symphonies and vocal works for many of the world's
leading orchestras. She was the first woman appointed
composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and
her work Symphony won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991.