2020-2021 Season: She Persisted
Though COVID-19 has made live rehearsals and performances impossible for us, here at La Caccina we've been hard at work brainstorming new ways to bring beautiful, impactful music into the world. While this is not how we pictured launching our 10th anniversary season, we are more committed than ever to performing treble music of the highest caliber commissioning works by new and underrepresented voices, and with empowering the next generation of musical leaders. We are persisting! Read on to learn more about our artistic initiatives this season.
Acclaimed Canadian composer Marie-Claire Saindon has long been a favorite of ours at La Caccina. Her expert writing for treble voices is enhanced by her incredible affinity for text-setting, making her compositions as exciting to sing as they are to listen to. This season, La Caccina is thrilled to commission a new work from Ms. Saindon in honor of the late NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, whose work on the first manned spaceflights was critical to the safety of the astronauts onboard. Ms. Saindon's piece, "The Girl with the Numbers," will be premiered as soon as La Caccina is able to sing together again.
Born to refugee parents and raised in Australia, Melissa Dunphy immigrated to the United States in 2003 and has since become an award-winning and acclaimed composer specializing in vocal, political, and theatrical music. Her fiercely-feminist music has earned her the acclaim of musicians and critics alike, and her commitment to "bringing the voices of women and minorities to the stage" makes her the perfect collaborator for our artists. Ms. Dunphy's piece will honor a femme luminary, and will be premiered in a concert honoring the impact of women throughout history.
We plan to commission one additional work this season in honor of those strong women who have persisted against all odds throughout history. You can join us in bringing impactful new choral music to the world by donating to La Caccina today!
This fall, our friends at Hearing in Color graciously invited us to open their virtual concert, "Good, Necessary Trouble," celebrating the role music has played in protesting injustice and telling stories Black stories in America. We sang alto Rachel Mast Mohr's arrangement of "We Shall Overcome," which we recorded in our homes after our own spring 2020 concert was cancelled due to the pandemic.You can listen to our performance, and the entire concert, at Hearing in Color's website.
As soon as it is safe to do so, La Caccina is thrilled to present our next concert, The Matriarchy. This program honors women from around the world and across time, celebrating their accomplishments and contributions to our world today, especially when those contributions often go unnoticed. With new commissions from Marie-Claire Saindon and Melissa Dunphy, and other works by Joan Szymko, Jessie Montgomery, Carol Barnett, Sydney Guillaume, Jocelyn Hagen, and others, The Matriarchy rejoices in the feminine and re-balances the history books.