Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning

Abraham Mendelssohn wrote a letter (1820) to his daughter Fanny, sister of the famous composer Felix Mendelssohn: “Music will perhaps become Felix’s profession, while for you it can and must be only an ornament.”

Intrigued by these words, Renesan lecturer and SFPM Associate Music Director Carol Redman will investigate why women are underrepresented in the classical music field. This 4-part Renesan offering will trace the paths of musical women from the Medieval Period through the Renaissance, Classical and Romantic Periods, and culminate in the 21st century. Two lectures will explore this topic, generously supplemented with pictures, music, facts and anecdotes. Renesan participants will then attend a dress rehearsal (on-stage at the Lensic) that will feature the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra working through the music of Mozart, Stravinsky, and the award-winning American composer Missy Mazzoli. For the grand finale, you will hear and see the orchestra in performance.

For many years SFPM has been presenting music by women composers, including Grammy Award winning Joan Tower, Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Jennifer Higdon, and others. For a complete list, please click here.

Lectures: Thursdays, April 12 and 19, 2018, at 10am-noon (St. John’s United Methodist Church)
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, April 27 at 2:30-5pm (Lensic)
Concerts: your choice of one of these:
• Saturday, April 28 at 4pm (Lensic)
• Sunday, April 29 at 3pm (Lensic)

This project is brought to you by Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning. For more information or to enroll, please contact Renesan at or by calling 505.982.9274.


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