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CHARLESTON -- Every March, in celebration of Women’s History and Awareness Month, John David Moore and Elaine Fine play a concert of chamber music written by women. This year’s WHAM concert, sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth St.

This year’s viola and piano program will include transcriptions of two short violin pieces written early in the 20th century by Germaine Tailleferre and Ethel Barns, a set of pieces originally for trumpet and piano inspired by works of visual art by the contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall, a set of pieces by Elaine Fine inspired by characters in two of Willa Cather’s novels, and a set of musical portraits by Mel Bonis of Omphale, Melisande, and Salome for piano solo.

The main work on the program is a transcription for viola of the Cello Sonata, written in 1881 by Marie Jaëll. Jaëll was the first person to perform all of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas in Paris, and was also a very close friend of Franz Liszt. Her sonata is a sweeping Romantic work, filled with the spirit of revolution and pianistic virtuosity.

Admission to the concert is free.

For more information contact Elizabeth Halbe, CCAC music chairwoman, at 217-460-2800, or

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