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Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival: Daring Women

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival: Daring Women
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival: Daring Women

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Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2021, now in its 23rd season, will offer three concerts in the Thalia Theater in Symphony Space on April 12, 19, and 26, 2021. These concerts will explore facets of contemporary music by living composers, all of whom will be present to discuss their works on stage with host and creator, Victoria Bond.

Mrs. President by Victoria Bond

In honor of the 101st anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, Cutting Edge Concerts will produce a concert performance of selected scenes from the opera, Mrs. President, about the first woman to run for President, by composer Victoria Bond, and librettist Hilary Bell. The opera highlights Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States. A true revolutionary, she fought for women’s rights and ran for the country’s highest office in 1872, before women had been granted the right to vote. She was branded “Mrs. Satan” by the press because she posed a threat to society, and jailed on election night. In the final scene, Woodhull, in her prison cell, silenced but not defeated, looks ahead to a future generation of women who will realize her vision of equality.

The Letters of Mademoiselle C. by Dalit Warshaw

A protégée of Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel (1864 –1943) was among the very few to blaze new pathways for women sculptors and gain recognition, flouting the bourgeois ideals that had determined the proper course of a woman’s life. Claudel was termed a “Woman of Genius,” yet her fall from grace was a disturbing and tragic ending to a young, brilliant career too soon cut short, as she fell into disrepute and ultimately into what her family characterized as madness. In this cycle, Camille Claudel's story is narrated through a series of five musical "letters," each addressed to a different significant figure in the artist’s life. The text is significantly inspired from the words of Camille, the sculptor Auguste Rodin, and her brother, the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel.

Program:

Mrs. President by Victoria Bond

performed by Sopranos Valerie Bernhardt and Keely Futterer; Tenor Scott Ramsay; baritone Michael Kelly; mezzo-soprano Katie Hannigan and Pianist Marc Peloquin

The Letters of Mademoiselle C by Dalit Warshaw
performed by Soprano Nancy Lundy and Pianist Dalit Warshaw

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