Town Hall to celebrate pioneering female composers with a series of concerts

(Credit: Rebecca Allen)

On October 15, 2022, the town hall will launch a series of concerts in honor of four contemporary composers.

The series will open with the New York premiere of Meredith Monk’s “Memory Game.” Released as an album in 2020, the work is a glimpse into Monk’s storied career and features his vocal ensemble of Theo Bleckmann, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin and longtime collaborators Bang on a Can All-Stars.

The series continues on November 5 with Laura Kaminsky and Kimberly Reed’s new chamber opera “Hometown to the World”. This concert staging will be conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania Leon, conducted by Krstine McIntyre, and will feature mezzo-sopranos Cecilia Duarte and Blythe Gaissert, baritone Michael Kelly, the Sybarite 5 ensemble and a choir made up of more than 100 public secondary school students. by LaGuardia/Music & Art Repertory Company High School of Theater Arts.

On January 20, 20223, Grammy-winning gospel singer and producer Dr. Elbertina “Twinkie” Clark will make her mayoral debut with a program of her compositions, curated and conducted by eminent gospel artist Damien Sneed . Clark will play the B3 Hammond organ as she performs her works both solo and with guests such as her sister Karen Clark Sheard.

The series will conclude on February 25, with Judy Collins performing all of the works from her 1967 album “Wildflowers.” Collins will be joined by the Harlem Chamber Players, led by Tania Leon. The album brought Collins’ interpretive voice to the works of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Jacques Brel and Leonard Cohen in an era before they achieved widespread fame as songwriters.

“We are proud to present these concerts in tribute to these women who have contributed so much to society through the originality and emotional depth of their music, and through their commitment to social change”, declared the artistic director of the town hall, Melay Araya, in an official statement. statement.

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