University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership will collaborate on “Women’s Voices” at 3 p.m. March 5 in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester, as part of a yearlong celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York state.
The concert will feature the premiere of composers Lori Laitman’s and Jennifer Mitchell’s new works with performances by the Eastman Women’s Chorus; Eastman students; and faculty members including pianists Tony Caramia and Sylvie Beaudette, mezzo soprano Kathryn Cowdrick, soprano Teresa Ringholtz and violinist Rebeca Boyd. Texts and photographs from the suffragist era will alternate with the musical selections.
“Women’s Voices” will showcase music by women composers, “Are Women People?,” a piece for vocal quartet and piano four-hands by New York state native Laitman. The new work is based on poetry by suffragist Alice Duer Miller, speeches given by Susan B. Anthony and the text of the 19th Amendment. Mitchell’s new work, “The Red Silk Shawl,” refers to Anthony’s trademark garment that she wore at advocacy events.
Laitman will spend two days at Eastman coaching performers for the premiere and presenting “‘The Scarlet Letter’: From Page to Operatic Stage” at 7 p.m. March 4 at Howard Hanson Hall, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester. Speaking about “The Scarlet Letter,” her first full-length opera with librettist David Mason, Laitman will discuss the musical and social themes of the opera as well as the journey of bringing a work from page to operatic stage, culminating in the 2016 world premiere with Opera Colorado.
Tickets for the concert cost $10 general admission. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For information, call 585-274-3000 or visit eastmantheatre.org.