This program celebrates remarkable female composers whose works featured here trace their strength through different channels. At the heart of the program are works by Nadia and Lili Boulanger, the most famous sisters in classical music. The sisters drew upon each other for strength and inspiration, but after Lili’s tragic death at the age of 24, Nadia stopped composing and focused on teaching, becoming the most influential composition teacher of the 20th century. Each the works on this program traces its strength through different channels: Nadia and Lili Boulanger, French sister composers and two of the best known women in their fields in 20th century music; In addition to works by the Boulangers, this program also features pieces by Dame Gillian Whitehead, who wrote No Stars, Not Even Clouds about her writing of a close friend’s struggle with cancer; and Amy Beach, whose accomplishments were a beacon in the suffrage movement.
Nadia Boulanger: Three Pieces for Cello and Piano
Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin De Printemps for Flute and Piano
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne for Violin and Piano
Whitehead: No Stars, Not Even Clouds for String Quartet
Beach: Selections from Quintet in F-Sharp Minor for Piano and Strings, Opus 67
Steven Copes, violin
Maureen Nelson, violin
Hyobi Sim, viola
Joshua Koestenbaum, cello
Sarah Lewis, cello
Julia Bogorad-Kogan, flute
Wei-Yi Yang, piano
Please note: tickets for SPCO performances at Turf Club go on sale approximately 1 month before each concert.
This is a seated show. Ticket price includes a drink of choice (wine, beer, craft cocktail, or non-alcoholic house-made beverage).
THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. In collaboration with a team of artistic partners, its virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, and are regularly heard on public radio’s Performance Today which reaches 1.3 million listeners each week on 289 stations, and SymphonyCast reaching 250,000 listeners each week on 143 stations nationwide. The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 139 new works, and performed the world premiere of 49 additional compositions. The SPCO has earned the distinction of 17 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles, the SPCO tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America.