Women and Music Project — Spring 2012 Events

The Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University             In Celebration of the Women’s Studies Research Center’s 10th Anniversary and Women’s History Month

Noontime Talks with Music

at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University

Epstein Building, 515 South Street, Waltham, MA, a handicapped accessible space

All events held at the WSRC are free of charge

Thursday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m.

Music at the Convent of Montmartre

A talk and performance with members of the ensemble Exsultemus

Join WSRC Resident Scholar Vivian Montgomery and Exsultemus for a glimpse of a musical day in the Royal Abbey of Montmartre in early 17th-century Paris. With Shannon Canavin & Janet Youngdahl (sopranos), Pamela Dellal (mezzo-soprano), Catherine Liddell (lute), Sarah Mead (viola da gamba) and Vivian Montgomery (organ). 

This is a prelude to concerts offered by Exsultemus on March 3 and 4.

(see http://www.exsultemus.org/concerts.html). 


Thursday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m.

From Manuscript to Performance. 

A talk and performance with members of La Donna Musicale.

WSRC Visiting Scholar Laury Gutiérrez presents selections from Camilla de Rossi’s 1709 oratorio The Prodigal Son, with a glance at the research process and the challenges of transforming the original manuscript from unknown artifact to living music. Our discussion offers a behind the scenes look at the concerts on March 17 and 18, see below. 


Thursday, April 26, at 12:30 pm

ART & ANGST: Is this Pain Necessary?

WSRC’s 14th Annual Panel on Creativity,

as part of Brandeis University’s Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts

Stereotypically, artists are characterized as “suffering.” This year’s panel with a composer, a poet, visual artist, and other music scholars will delve into the layers of this model, and why suffering may or may not be necessary to create. Writer and WSRC Resident Scholar Rosie Rosenzweig moderates, with panelists WSRC Scholars Dana Maiben (composer), Diana Durham (writer), Laury Gutiérrez (musician and scholar), and Kniznick Gallery curator Michele L’Heureux (artist). Respondent  is  WSRC Scholar Vivian Montgomery (harpsichordist/fortepianist).

Musical Interlude by WSRC Scholar Emily Corbató (piano) will precede the event at 12 noon.




The Isle of Delos:Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m.  

Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library, Brandeis University

A concert performed by Cecilia’s Circle (ccircle.org) members Janet Youngdahl (soprano) and WSRC Resident Scholar Vivian Montgomery (harpsichord), with Dana Maiben (violin), Sarah Mead (viola da gamba) and Sarah Paysnick (flute). The lush and innovative cantata L’Isle de Delos vividly evokes the idyllic atmosphere on the ancient sacred island of Delos, the floating sanctuary where Leto chose to birth Apollo and Artemis, twin deities of sun and moon. Instrumental works by Jacquet demonstrate the versatility of this composer, who was a favorite of Louis XIV

Suggested donation: general admission $15, students/low income $9, Brandeis community free of charge.

The Prodigal Son:an Oratorio by Camilla de Rossi

Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

Emmanuel Church, Lindsey Chapel

15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m.

Radcliffe Institute Gymnasium,

Harvard University

18 Mason Street  (Radcliffe Yard)

Cambridge, MA

Combining stirring performances with groundbreaking scholarship, award-winning ensemble La Donna Musicale presents the modern world premiere of this powerful oratorio, composed for the Imperial Chapel of Vienna in 1709. Laury Gutiérrez, Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center and 2009 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, leads the ensemble from the viola da gamba, with vocalists Julianne Baird, Kimberly Moller, Gerrod Pagenkopf, Pablo Bustos, and Daniela Tosic; strings Laura Gulley, Asako Takeuchi, Jane Starkman, Deborah Dunham; Christine Gevert, harpsichord & organ.

Tickets: Preferred reserved seating $35; general seating $20; students/low income $10; under 18, Harvard or Brandeis ID, FREE (but must reserve). For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ladm.org or call 617-461-6973

The Women and Music Project (WAMP) was founded at the WSRC in 2008 by Drs. Vivian Montgomery and Liane Curtis to explore the contributions of women to the field of music as composers, performers, teachers, scholars, and sponsors, and to bring their work to a wider public through lectures, concerts, recitals, conferences, publications, and recordings, featuring music composed by women and works that highlight and explore issues of women and gender. 

 The Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University is a research facility of scholars, students and faculty who study gender issues and women’s lives. Founded in 2001 by Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D. ’77, the WSRC is the home of the Scholars Program, the Student-Scholar Partnership Program; the Arts Project and Kniznick Gallery; the Women and Music Project; and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Throughout the year, members of the Scholars Program present their work in lectures, panels, exhibits, performances and concerts, many of which are open to the public and free of charge. We invite you to join us for events at the WSRC, “Where Research, Art and Activism Converge.”   http://www.brandeis.edu/wsrc/

Women and Music Project
Spring 2012 Calendar of events
March 1 at 12:30 at WSRC 
Music at the 17th-Century  Convent of Montmartre
March 5 at 7:30 pm at Brandeis
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
 March 15 at 12:30 p.m. at WSRC
From Manuscript to Performance ~
Camila de Rossi’s oratorio The Prodigal Son
 March 17 at 7 pm, Lindsey Chapel in Boston
March 18 at 3pm, Radcliffe Gym in Cambridge
The Prodigal Son: by Camila de Rossi, modern-day premiere
 April 26 at 12:30 pm at WSRC                       
WSRC’s 14th Annual Panel on Creativity
Musical Interlude begins at noon


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