NEW Music Book - From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women's Symphony Orchestra

NEW Music Book - From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women's Symphony Orchestra 

Maria Noriega Rachwa, a teacher and musicologist, has written a remarkable new book, From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women's Symphony Orchestra (2015:Second Story Press, Toronto) about the first Canadian orchestra ever to perform in Carnegie Hal, in 1947l.  And one of its members also became the first Canadian black women to play a symphony in Carnegie Hall.  


Formed in 1940, the orchestra survived for almost thirty years.

Book is well-documented with photographs and research. 

Book Website

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

The all-women symphony orchestra that revolutionized music in Canada.

In the 1940s it was unheard of for women to be members of a professional orchestra, let alone play “masculine” instruments like the bass or trombone. Yet despite these formidable challenges, the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) became the only all-women orchestra in Canadian history. Formed in 1940, the MWSO became the first orchestra to represent Canada in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and one of its members also became the first Canadian black woman to play in a symphony in Carnegie Hall. 

While the MWSO has paved the way for contemporary female musicians, the stories of these women are largely missing from historical records. From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall illuminates these revolutionary stories, including the life of the incredible Ethel Stark, the co-founder and conductor of the MWSO. Ethel’s work opened doors of equal opportunity for marginalized groups and played an important role in breaking gender stereotypes in the Canadian music world.

For more information on the book, visit fromkitchentocarnegiehall.com.

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