February 15, 2023

Works by Women Composers on Chamber Music Program

On Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m., female Princeton University music performance faculty and members of the Princeton University Glee Club and the Princeton Playhouse Choir comprising the Richardson Chamber Players will present “March of the Women,” a program of chamber works by female composers in Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus.

The concert will include a broad range of works by Clara Wieck-Schumann, Nadia Boulanger, Jennifer Higdon, Valerie Coleman, and Dame Ethel Smyth.

The program takes its name from Smyth’s song “The March of the Women” (1911), which the composer dedicated to the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). The composition later became the anthem of the women’s suffrage movement, and the WSPU’s newspaper described it as “at once a hymn and a call to battle.” Though this piece and the others on the program may have reached wide audiences during the women’s suffrage movement, sung at rallies and even through prison hunger strikes, these compositions and their female composers often remain overlooked. Richardson Chamber Players is proud to shine the spotlight on these works.

“I’m passionate about this program of pieces by female composers,” said faculty member Barbara Rearick, who curated the event. “I thought it fitting to have all-female players from our brilliant Princeton music faculty perform these pieces with singers from the Princeton Glee Club and Princeton Playhouse Choir. I hope that programming choices like these might help shape a more inclusive classical music world for future generations.”

All female performers from Princeton’s musical faculty, the Princeton Glee Club and the Playhouse Choir include narrator Rochelle Ellis, cellist Tomoko Fujita, pianist Margaret Kampmeier, violinist Anna Lim, mezzo-soprano Rearick, flutist Sarah Shin, and clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg.

Tickets are $10-$20. Visit puc.princeton.edu or call (609) 258-9220.