Haydn & Handel Society to Celebrate Women’s Suffrage With Online Concert

By David Salazar

The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America on Nov. 8, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET.

The online showcase will be led by the company’s Programming Consultant Reginald Mobley and will feature music that celebrates Queer Women, Women of Color, and Women of Boston. Among the works included are Isabella Leonarda’s “Venite, laetantes” and Dr. Zanaida Steward Robles’ “Kuumba.”

“With the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, we want to give power to women’s voices and draw attention to new composers that our audiences may not be familiar with,” said Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for the Handel and Haydn Society in a press release. “The program showcases the diverse and unique contributions these incredible women have made to the performing arts world. The classical music world has traditionally focused on the contributions of men, but people who identify as women – including queer women and women of color – have been creating powerful music, all along.”

Performers include sopranos Cassandra Extavour and Elise Groves; contralto Emily Marvosh; mezzo-soprano Clare McNamara; countertenor Reginald Mobley; tenors Jonas Budris and Stefan Reed; baritones Jacob Cooper and Dana Whiteside; cellist Shirley Hunt; and organist and pianist Julia Scott Carey.