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Strong Sisters: SPCO Chamber Music Series
March 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm$12 - $50
SPCO presents No Fiction Festival: From the 12th century German mystic, visionary, and composer Hildegard von Bingen to the 21st century New Zealand composer of Maori heritage, Dame Gillian Whitehead, this chamber music program traverses an enormous range of female musical voices and remarkable stories. Strong Sisters is more than just a showcase of leading female composers past and present. At the heart of the program are works by Nadia and Lili Boulanger, the most famous sisters in classical music. These two sisters drew upon each other for strength and inspiration, but after Lili’s death at the tragically young age of 24, Nadia stopped composing and focused on teaching, becoming the most influential composition teacher of the 20th century. Each of the other works on this program traces its strength through a different channel: von Bingen through her faith, Jessie Montgomery through spirituals and her parents’ work in the civil rights movement, Dame Gillian Whitehead through a close friend struggling with cancer, and Joan Tower through her connection with the performers for whom she wrote her first quartet.