A REFLECTION AND CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S CHALLENGES, PERSISTENCE AND GROWTH
2020 marked the 200th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth and the 100th year since the passing of the 19th Amendment supporting women’s right to vote. In essence, it was the year to celebrate women.
With that in mind, Hats + Heels developed an all-female commissioning project. Together, we collaborated with female artists to create new interdisciplinary bassoon and harp repertoire that incorporates women-related figures, characters, topics, or ideology.
Combining new works by composers/artist Kaitlin Aitken, Ellie Cherry, Amy Nam and Esther Swift with existing works of Megan Bledsoe-Ward and Florence Price, we performed a virtual concert in Summer of 2020. Fifty percent of the proceeds from that concert went to the local Rochester music education organization, ROCMusic Collaborative.
However, we are not done yet!
Starting in Spring of 2021, we are bringing on additional minds and creative talents to expand the project even further. With additional repertoire, we aim to record a 2 CD (and possible video??) with the release date being early 2022.
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Megan Bledsoe Ward
To view the full concert, check out our YouTube playlist