The Grand Forks Chorales will highlight the music of historical and contemporary women composers at a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Calvary Lutheran Church.
The performance, dedicated to Clara Schumann and other notable women composers, including some from this region, is presented against the backdrop of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, said Dean Jilek, artistic director.
The concert, which recognizes the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birthday, is the first of the Chorales’ 2019-20 season.
The opening piece, “The March of the Women,” by Dame Ethel Smyth, an English composer and suffragette, became the anthem of the women’s suffragette movement, and activists sang it not only at rallies but also in prison, Jilek said.
Schumann, wife of the German composer Robert Schumann, was a renowned pianist, composer and piano teacher who developeda musical legacy in performance and composition, which were uncommon pursuits among women of the Romantic Era, Jilek said.
Regional composers whose works will be performed during Friday’s concert include Callie Stadem, of Grand Forks, Jocelyn Hagen, a Valley City, N.D., native, and Abbie Betinis, of St. Paul, Minn.
Women composers have been routinely under-represented in public performances, according to Jilek, who said, of the 1,445 classical concerts performed around the world from 2018 to 2019, only 76 included at least one piece by a female composer.
The Grand Forks Chorales, a community chorus of about 60 members, will perform the first half of the concert. The Master Chorale, an auditioned sub-group of the Grand Forks Chorales, will perform the second half.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at Popplers Music, 1726 S. Washington St., or online at www.gfchorales.org .
Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 1405 S.Ninth St.