“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.