The Women's Philharmonic
A Tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt

December 10, 1998 - 8:00 pm
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

Tickets available at City Box Office - $20 to $50
Charge by phone: 415-392-4400
Reception following the concert
hosted by the Women's Intercultural Network.
Admission $10.00

Please join us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Eleanor Roosevelt's efforts towards its adoption by the United Nations in 1948.

The concert includes the world premiere of a cello concerto composed especially for this event by Chen Yi, the Women Philharmonic's former Composer-in-Residence.

WIN invites you to join us at a special reception after the concert as we toast the Women's Philharmonic and their partners, Amnesty International and the New Heritage Foundation, for bringing this extraordinary concert to San Francisco.
And to applaud special guests Chen Yi and Jean Stapelton and to honor Eleanor Roosevelt for her extraordinary work in advancing the cause of human rights for all.
Enjoy Chinese delectables from Shanghai 1930 of San Francisco and Ming's of Palo Alto with wines from Kendall Jackson Winery.

From the Women's Philharmonic website:

The Women's Philharmonic honors Eleanor Roosevelt and her tireless work in securing adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Join us on December 10th of this year at this 50th Anniversary commemorative event for the world premiere of a new cello concerto commissioned especially for this occasion from our former Composer-in-Residence, Chen Yi. The Women's Philharmonic, Amnesty International, and The New Heritage Music Foundation have created this tribute concert as San Francisco's contribution to the worldwide series of events marking this milestone. The program carries forward the theme of universal human rights, featuring works by Copland, Anne Boyd, and Alan Hovhaness, as well as the newly composed work by Chen Yi.

About Chen Yi: Chen Yi was a student at the conservatory in Beijing in 1968 when she was forced into hard labor by the Communist government to be "re- educated." Each day for three years, Ms. Chen hauled 100 -pound bags of mud and rocks up a mountain to build irrigation walls. She survived this experience, returned to the conservatory and, eventually, emigrated to America to earn her doctorate from Columbia University. Today, she is widely- commissioned and writes music for both Chinese and Western instruments. Ms. Chen has received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NEA Composer's Fellowship and many others.

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