WOMEN COMPOSERS FESTIVAL
IN tune: A week-long festival celebrating female composers centers on two new stagings of operas by living artists. HERE BE SIRENS, by American Kate Soper, explores with wit, humor, and pathos, the experience of Homer’s Odyssean three singers as they search for the meaning of their own existence. ANA Y SU SOMBRA, by Mexican Gabriela Ortiz, is a family opera that tells the story of a young girl whose family has moved from Mexico to the United States, and who wants to return while her shadow wishes to stay. The festival also includes an opening GALA CONCERT of vocal works by local and living female composers, an evening cabaret of songs by American songbook lyricist DOROTHY FIELDS (The Way you Look Tonight, On the Sunny Side of the Street, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love), and another evening cabaret of Canadian Ana Sokolovic’s LOVE SONGS. This festival shows the expansive contributions of female composers throughout all the genres in which the In Series works, and seeks to reshape the way audiences, artists, and institutions perceive the “creator” in the operatic-arts.
In support of IN Series' Women Composer Festival, and as part of its community engagement program, Alliance for New Music-Theatre will be facilitating panel discussions to engage the audiences and provide context for these new works. The discussions will be led by New Music-Theatre members Susan Galbraith and Michael Feldman.
2020 Women Composers Festival - Kate Soper; Gabriela Ortiz; Jessica Krash was supported by NewMusic USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page.