Theatrical Musician Abbie Conant to Perform on February 24

Posted on 2/6/2018 10:00:31 PM

Abbie ConantThe incomparable Abbie Conant will present a lecture and master class at 2:00 p.m. and a concert at 7:00 p.m. on February 24, 2018, in Cogswell Hall.

The evening concert will feature William Osborne's “Aletheia,” written for singer/instrumentalist, computer controlled piano, and quadraphonic electronics. The word “Aletheia” is one of several ancient Greek words for truth and means “creating a space where truth can appear.”


Award-winning performance artist and Juilliard trained trombonist Abbie Conant is somewhat of a legend in the international orchestral brass world. The story of her epic fight and ultimate victory against egregious gender discrimination in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, where she won the position for principal trombone at a screened audition in 1980, inspired author Malcolm Gladwell to write the NY Times bestseller Blink, where Ms. Conant’s story is detailed in the last chapter. The 11-year-long court battle was documented by composer/musicologist/activist William Osborne in an article entitled, “You Sound Like a Ladies Orchestra.” The document is supported by actual court records and experiences in the orchestra with 89 footnotes. This source document has generated countless newspaper and magazine article (Der Spiegel—the German analog to Time Magazine—the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, etc.) as well as a documentary film (Abbie Conant, Alone Among Men by Brenda Parkerson), a play produced at the Landestheater Linz, Austria, by award-winning British playwright Tamssin Oglesby called Der (eingebildeter) Frauenfeind, (The [Concieted] Misogynist), and a screenplay for a feature film in the works by Canadian writer/producer Dale Wolf.

After winning her lengthy court case, Ms. Conant won a full-tenured professorship at the University of Music in Trossingen, Germany, and left the orchestra in 1993. Abbie Conant has performed instrumental music theater works with surround sound electronics in over 150 different cities around the world.

Both events are on February 24 and are free and open to the public. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind artist at IUP!

Department of Music