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The Cassandra Project: Women's Prophetic Voices

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Noe Valley Ministry

1021 Sanchez Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

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E4TT’s 2020/21 commissions concert is inspired by the priestess in Greek mythology who was cursed to utter the truth but never believed.

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E4TT’s 2020/21 commissions concert, “The Cassandra Project,” is inspired by the famed priestess in Greek mythology who was cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed.

Featuring FOUR World Premieres of commissions plus three relevant works about Cassandra and her fate:

WORLD PREMIERES:

  • A new work for piano trio by rising new music star and 2016 Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship recipient Hannah Lash (b. 1981).
  • “Cassandra” for soprano, cello, and piano, by E4TT Call for Scores composer Jessica Rudman (1982)to a new text by librettist Kendra Preston Leonard (b. 1974).
  • “Cassandra Effect” for cello and piano by Bay Area composer and 2019 Ruth Crawford Seeger Award winner Valerie Liu (b. 1971).
  • “Kassandra” for soprano and piano quartet by E4TT co-founder David Garner (b. 1954), to a text by Friedrich Schiller (1759-1809).

PLUS THREE MORE RELEVANT WORKS BY WOMEN COMPOSERS:

  • “Moerae” for piano trio by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian (b. 1983).
  • “Memento Mori” by 2015 Rome Prize recipient Nina C. Young (b. 1984), for string quartet.“
  • Cassandra Sings,” also for string quartet, by the first classical composer ever to receive a Pew Fellowship, Tina Davidson (b. 1952).

Performers: E4TT soprano Nanette McGuinness, cellist Anne Lerner, and season guest pianist Margaret Halbig will be joined by special guest artists violinists Ilana Blumberg and Dagenais Smiley, and violist Elizabeth Prior.

The concert is expected to be performed live at the Ministry and will also be live-streamed on E4TT’s YouTube channel.

Pre-concert programming: A virtual transcontinental composer talk with Lash, Rudman, Liu, Garner, and librettist Leonard at 7:00 p.m.

This concert is supported by funds from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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