Nashville Symphony to spotlight women’s suffrage during citywide celebrations of 19th Amendment

Posted on: August 16, 2019

“Beginning this fall, Nashville will be marking the approaching centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment” giving women the right to vote, writes Colleen Phelps on Tuesday (8/13) at Nashville Public Radio. “Nashville’s classical music organizations are contributing their artistry … with concerts of new and old works plus community engagement projects citywide. The Nashville Symphony begins this October with a complete program of music by female composers [including] Clara Schumann, whose bicentennial year is … in 2019….  The Symphony will also wrap up the entire set of festivities the following September with their 2020-2021 season opener: a premiere of a newly co-commissioned piece by Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe [with] the voices of Boston’s all-female vocal group Lorelai Ensemble positioned within the orchestra…. Contemporary-focused classical music collective Intersection celebrates powerful women throughout 2020 with their initiative titled Listen…. The first [concert] this February will explore the connections between the fight for the 19th Amendment and the civil rights movement by placing music by Florence Price alongside Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom.…  In April, Intersection will perform … works by Tania Leon and Ileana Perez Velasquez.” Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre will also offer 19th Amendment-themed presentations.

Posted August 16, 2019

In photo: Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters, lead an estimated 20,000 supporters in a women’s suffrage march on Fifth Avenue in New York City, 1915.