Great Women of Spirit Concert to Showcase New Work by Caroline Mallonée

March 03, 2014

In honor of Women’s History Month, The Regis University Music Program faculty will perform a free recital titled Great Women of Spirit at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 12th, in the Peter Claver Recital Hall. One of a series of events this year celebrating the inaugural season of the Recital Hall, the concert will feature the world premiere of the work Emerging Voices by Buffalo, New York-based composer Caroline Mallonée. About the piece, Mallonée writes,

“This piece was commissioned by Regis University to complement the Great Women of Spirit exhibition in Loyola Hall. In this space, Sojourner Truth, Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Sister Mary Luke Tobin are memorialized for their words and actions. Emerging Voices is about finding one’s voice and making it heard. Voices emerge; out of noise, out of swirling textures, a message is delivered. Snippets of thematic material push through, distinguishing themselves timbrally or dynamically. Sharing her message with the world is what made each of these inspiring women exceptional. Once one has found one’s voice, one can join a chorus, a discussion, a debate. One can engage in counterpoint.”

Emerging Voices will be performed by Regis faculty members Brian Ebert on clarinet/bass clarinet; Benjamin Tomkins on violin; Charles Lee on cello; and Kristen Jürgens on piano. Also on the program will be other music about spirituality by contemporary composers Leanna Kirchoff and Loretta Notareschi of Denver; Elizabeth Alexander of Saint Paul, Minnesota; Ann Southam (recently-deceased) of Toronto; and the Baroque-era composer Francesca Caccini of Italy. Performers will include John Hubert, baritone; R. Andrew Lee and Nan Shannon, piano; Rebecca Koenigberg and Barbara Wollan, soprano; and Lyn Loewi, harpsichord.

Contact Information:
Dr. Loretta Notareschi, Associate Professor of Music at Regis University