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"One Blazing Glance": Nov. 13 Benefit Concert For Women's Groups At Simmons College

BOSTON (October 31, 2007) — The world premiere of "One Blazing Glance," a benefit concert celebrating the strengths and creativity of women around the world, will be held Nov. 13, from 6-9 p.m. at Simmons College in Boston.

The quintet performance, co-sponsored by the Simmons College Institute for Leadership and Change, Our Bodies Ourselves, and Berklee College of Music, and with the support of the Open Meadows Foundation, takes place in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center in the Main College Building, 300 The Fenway

Contact Anne Sweeney at 617-451-3666 x10 for reservations; $30-$100 suggested donation.  Admission is free for Simmons and Berklee students, but R.S.V.P. is required, as space is limited.

The performance is of Berklee Professor Beth Denisch's composition "One Blazing Glance," performed by a Berklee faculty quintet.  Proceeds will help fund seven groups currently producing cultural adaptations and translations of the groundbreaking women's health book, "Our Bodies, Ourselves." 

The project emerged when Denisch began composing a piece celebrating life-cycle events shared by women across cultures and time, such as growing up, falling in love, having children, and aging.  The title, a line from one of several poems that inspired the piece, refers to the focus and vision women use to empower themselves.  Denisch worked with Our Bodies Ourselves (a.k.a. the Boston Women's Health Book Collective) to organize a benefit concert that would help reach a larger community of women.

Due to construction, parking is limited.  For alternative options, visit the Simmons parking website.

The Simmons College Institute for Leadership and Change sponsors programs, activities, and resources that help initiate social change for women, raise women's issues to the state and national political level, and reach out to audiences diverse in age, class, sexual orientation, culture and educational background.