A Star of the First Magnitude: Contemporary Women Composers
“What do I fear? I am a part of infinity,
I am a part of the great power of the universe,
A single world within a million worlds,
A star of the first magnitude
Which is the last to be extinguished.
Triumph to live, Triumph to breathe, Triumph to exist!”
Sacred and Profane, A Chamber Chorus conclude their 41st season, Elemental Forces with the upcoming concert series A Star of the First Magnitude: Contemporary Women Composers this May. Under the direction of Rebecca Seeman, celebrating her 15th Anniversary as Artistic Director of the ensemble, Sacred and Profane explores the powerful and exciting repertoire composed by contemporary women that remains underrepresented in traditional concert programming.
With music that highlights expressive sensibilities, feminist themes, and diverse influences, Sacred and Profane will perform works all by living and working female composers, with exception for the original feminist composer: 11th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Also on the program is Quilt Songs, a collection of pieces inspired by quilts and composed by Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ysäye Barnwell, and Carol Barnett; and works by Tina Andersson, Alissa Firsova, and Caroline Mallonée. The triumphant conclusion is a setting of Edith Södergran’s feminist poem Triumf att finnas till by Swedish composer, Karin Rehnqvist. These works showcase the resilient spirit of femininity and celebrate the impressive talent of women in music through the choral arts from the local to international level.
Saturday May 18, 2018 | 8 pm – St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Sunday May 19, 2018 | 4 pm – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley
Tickets: $25 online, $28 at the door; $10 students
Tickets and information: www.sacredprofane.org/contemporary-women-composers