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Musica Spira, The Women Who Took the Stage
July 24 @ 8:00 pm EDT$20 – $25
Women were expected to learn to sing or play an instrument during the 17th and 18th centuries in order to make them more “cultured,” but they were forbidden from performing in public. Some women, however, were able to rise above social convention and became virtuosic, successful professional performers. This program celebrates the depth and quality of the performances of Letitia Cross, Anne Bracegirdle, Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Sarah Bates, Barbara Strozzi, Marie-Françoise Certain, and Sara Levy in works by John Eccles, Purcell, Jacquet de la Guerre, Vivaldi, Lully, and Strozzi. Grace Srinivasan, soprano – Paula Maust, harpsichord