Gabriela Lena Frank
Photo by Mariah Tauger
At the next meeting of the NYC Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of New York, December 7 6:00-7:30, Gabriela Lena Frank, the Grammy-award-winning composer-in-residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra, will discuss her hearing loss and how it has affected her development and professional success as a composer. In addition, she will offer her thoughts about how the changes in Beethoven’s compositions may have reflected the progression of his hearing loss. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Gabriela explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions. Gabriela was included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history. In 2017, Gabriela founded the award-winning Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, a non-profit training institution in Boonville, CA for emerging composers from a vast array of demographics and aesthetics.
Civic outreach is an essential part of Gabriela’s work. She has volunteered extensively in hospitals and prisons, with her current focus on developing the music school program at Anderson Valley High School, a rural public school of modest means with a large Latino population in Boonville, CA. In 2020, the Heinz Family Foundation named Gabriela Lena Frank, D.M.A., a recipient of the prestigious 25th Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category.
To register for this captioned program, click here. After registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link.
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The New York City Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America is a vibrant community dedicated to helping people with hearing loss lead more satisfying and productive lives. At the chapter’s monthly meetings, speakers address topics such as hearing aids and hearing-aid alternatives, assistive technology, interpersonal strategies, and advocacy initiatives. Those of you who are interested can find information about our organization on our chapter website by clicking here.