Critic’s Choice

Wed Mar 04, 2020 at 11:09 am
Kate Soper

Music composed by women is in the spotlight this week, as Women’s History Month gets under way. First the touring musicians from the Marlboro Music Festival bring a selection of music to the National Museum of Asian Art for a free concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The program concludes with Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say, a piece for soprano and flute by Kate Soper, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her chamber opera Ipsa Dixit.

Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, flutist Francesco Camuglia, violinist Robyn Bollinger, cellist Christoph Richter, and pianist Cynthia Raim also perform Schubert’s Notturno in E-flat Major, the Piano Trio No. 1 of Brahms, and Handel’s “Nel dolce dell’oblio,” an aria with an obbligato flute part.


The IN Series will also feature Kate Soper’s music in its Women Composers Festival this weekend. Soper’s opera Here Be Sirens, which tells the story of Homer’s Odyssey from the perspective of the three sirens, will be staged 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at GALA Theatre. Brian J. Shaw directs a production starring sopranos Noelle McMurtry, Julie Bosworth, and Camille Crossot.

Other festival events include performances of Ana y su sombra by Gabriela Ortiz, Love Songs by Ana Sokolovic, and a concert of music by Jessica Krash, Lori Laitman, Caroline Shaw, Emily Lau, Louise Thalma, Chiara Margherita Cozzolani, and Hildegard von Bingen.

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