Festival Opera Highlights Music by Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 3, 2020
Contact email: press@festivalopera.org
Organization: Festival Opera
Phone: 925-944-9610

When & Where:   
Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 5:00 pm   
Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA

In this second recital of Festival Opera’s season, two internationally renowned artists team up for an exquisite program of music by women composers. Titled “And yet She Persisted,” the recital highlights the lives, conflicts, and creative genius of these under-celebrated composers. Soprano Carrie Hennessey and pianist Jennifer Reason bring their special brand of joyous synergy to the recital stage, sharing their insight, artistic flare, and sublime musicality.

Among the composers whose selected works will be presented is Pauline Viardot, who spent her life juggling careers as a performer, composer, and teacher. Alma Mahler was told by her husband to quit composing and only focus on his work, and only 14 of her songs survive. Amy Beach had to publish her works under the name of Mrs. HHA Beach as one of the conditions of her marriage, and keep public performances and composing strictly limited. Libby Larsen gave us the music for a song cycle with text by the most infamous woman of the Wild West, Calamity Jane, which reveals the struggle of a singular, tender soul, who was a pioneer on many frontiers.

Ms. Hennessey will return to the Bay Area on Sunday, August 23 to perform in Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, with the composer at the piano.

All are invited to a complimentary wine reception with the artists immediately following the performance.

For tickets and information visit www.festivalopera.org or call 925-944-9610.

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Press Photos (some may be large files and may take a few seconds to load):

Soprano Carrie Hennessey:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=16uMzAiPjEobClyWkt97JDr9XDXNvkQVb

Pianist Jennifer Reason:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pQBMLffPCkR-ir6zNayooHATXSzVCKkn