The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California has received a $75,000 grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations to create a multimedia, collaborative symphonic project entitled The Hidden World of Girls. Music Director Marin Alsop will lead the world premiere in summer 2012, when Cabrillo celebrates its 50th anniversary. The work is inspired by The Kitchen Sisters’ NPR Radio series The Hidden World of Girls, which is based on contemporary stories of secrets girls carry with them into adulthood. The all-female collaboration will feature music by Laura Karpman; the Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson) will serve as lead writers. Composers Anna Clyne, Alexandra du Bois, and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, will also serve as collaborators, along with Alsop. A video artist (to be announced) will create mixed-media elements for the work, including archival audio, field recordings, social network sites, phone messages, interviews, video, and photos. The award is one of six made by the Gerbode and Hewlett foundations meant to further the work of gifted California composers in collaboration with another California artist of their choice.
Posted January 28, 2011