Are Women People?

March 11, 2018 | 4:00 PM | Private Home | Purchase Tickets " class="on-sale">Purchase Tickets

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Please join us for this special afternoon of music featuring Lori Laitman's exciting new song cycle celebrating 100 years of Women's suffrage, "Are Women People?" This work was commissioned by the Eastman School of Music in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in New York State. We will be presenting "Are Women People?" in an interactive format which encourages discussion between the audience, performers and composer Lori Laitman. Special guest artist, Daniel Lau, will be joining Virginia Sircy on the piano bench. Refreshments will be served.

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Private Home
McLean, VA

Commissioned by the Hanson Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music and the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State, “Are Women People?” received its premiere performance in Rochester, New York during the Spring of 2017. The title and texts for this work for vocal quartet are taken from the writings of Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942). An influential author, Miller’s New York Tribune column, Are Women People?, was a powerful public voice for women’s rights. Interspersed with Miller’s satirical texts, Ms. Laitman used excerpts from an 1894 speech by Susan B. Anthony set for a cappella vocal quartet. The cycle ends with a setting of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Words&Music presents new works in an interactive format to encourage audience members to get more intimately involved with the music. Audience members will be supplied with a copy of the texts and encouraged to engage with the performers and the composer in a dialog about the words, the music, and the compositional choices that led to the completed work. We will sing “Are Women People?” twice in the course of the afternoon. We have found that this leads to a more satisfying musical experience for all involved. We hope that you will come and spend the afternoon with us!