2021 Season

Women Composers Across the Ages

This concert features female composers spanning nearly 10 centuries. Hildegard von Bingen is the earliest known female composer. Born in the 11th century, von Bingen was an Abbess, philosopher and visionary. She is recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. An arrangement completed for the Kronos quartet will transport the listener into the landscape of early liturgical music. Jumping forward, the audience will experience the youthful exuberance of Fanny Mendelsohn, Felix’s little sister. While her compositional output and skill was neglected due to her gender, we are lucky to still have access to a masterful string quartet written during her teenage years. The concert also will feature the third part of Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio (the first two parts of this work were performed at GMF in our 2016 season). To conclude this exciting program, GMF artists will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s virtuostic and rarely heard Sextet in D Major with Bass and Piano.

Artists in this concert include:

Geoff Herd and Eliot Heaton, violins
Hillary Herndon, viola
Max Geissler, Hannah Collins, cello
Justin McCulloch, bass
Esther Park, piano

Program subject to change.

  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 7:30 PM

    Gearan Center for the Performing Arts