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Nov 15, 2018 @ 7:30PM

It's a Woman's World

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The Metropolist, 2931 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134



Caroline Shaw           Entr'acte

Jennifer Higdon         Quiet Art from 'Impressions'

Jessie Montgomery    Strum

Tchaikovsky              Serenade for Strings



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Spend an evening with the Sinfonietta and celebrate three American women composers who are celebrated for their contributions to today's world of classical music.  In this first unconducted program of the season, Co-Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck leads the ensemble in a wide variety of works for string orchestra. 

Caroline Shaw has been celebrated for her writings and performing with the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, and was the youngest woman ever to receive a Pulitzer prize for her compositions in 2013 at just 30 years old.  Jessie Montgomery is a New York-based violinist and composer who blends the many artistic influences of growing up in Manhattan's Lower East Side during the 1980s. 

Jennifer Higdon, who has also been awarded both a Pultizer and two Grammy awards, stands out among the most performed living female composers in America.  Of her composition on this program, Higdon states: " 'Quiet Art' is about the solitude in which artists work, and the passion and consistency that help to create a work of art.  This octet version is drawn from the composer's string quartet, 'Impressions.' "

The concert concludes with the Sinfonietta's signature string work of the season, Tchaikovsky's glorious Serenade for Strings.  Tchaikovsky was often supported in his musical ventures by a patroness and confidant, the Russian businesswoman Nadezhda von Meck.  A passionate supporter of the arts, she reached out to the composer as a 'fervent admirer', and the two developed a deep and lasting connection.  In the years that followed- during which time the Serenade for Strings was composed - her financial and emotional support of Tchaikovsky allowed him to leave his professorship at the Moscow Conservatory to focus on his passion for composing.  So while he represents the only male composer of the evening, it is possible this work would not have been brought to the world without the inspiration and support of a wise and committed woman.


*- Artists & Repertoire subject to change




It's a Woman's World

When & Where

Nov 15, 2018 @ 7:30PM - Nov 15, 2018 @ 9:30PM

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