Jennifer Sgroe Headlines PROJECT 2020: A View of 21st C. Women Composers’ ‘From Isolation to Inspiration’

By David Salazar

PROJECT 2020: A View of 21st C. Women Composers will present “From Isolation to Inspiration” on March 27 and 30, 2022.

The recital will star soprano Jennifer Sgroe and pianist Eric Sedgwick and will feature the world premiere of two songs, “ A Time in isolation” and “They Say This Isn’t America,” by Nailah Nombeko. The concert will also include music by B.E. Boykin, Jodi Goble, Lori Laitman, Cecilia Livingston, Julia Meinwald, Nailah Nombeko, Luna Pearl Wolf, Paola Prestini, Shruthi Rajasekar, Jessica Rudman, Kamala Sankaram, Lauren Spavelko, and Gwyneth Walker.

“Originally planned for May 2020 but put on hold because of challenges due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to be able to return to in-person music-making after having recorded many of the pieces on this program socially distanced between Boston and New York. The recording project served as tool for preparation but not a substitute for real-time, organic collaboration. We are also very excited to premiere Nailah’s newly commissioned songs on this first program. For that reason, and because 2020 has come to mean much more than an expression of our musical project, we will keep with the original project title, PROJECT 2020, and honor this unusual time we live in with the title the first program ‘From Isolation to Inspiration,’” said Sgroe in an official press statement.

The March 27 performance will take place at The Blue Building in New York City while the March 30 performance is set for the Chase Young Gallery in Boston. There will be a virtual encore showcase slated via Sparrow Live between April 18 through May 2.