Location: Main Theatre
Guest artists: Katherine Heater, harpsichord & Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba/cello
Join San Francisco Renaissance Voices under the direction of Katherine McKee with guest artists Katherine Heater, harpsichord and Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba/cello, for this very special concert featuring works by early women composers for women's voices including several west coast and modern-day premieres. Music includes that of the late Renaissance/early Baroque Italian "musical nuns," Raffaella Aleotti, Caterina Assandra, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Isabella Leonarda, Maria Xaveria Peruchona, and Lucrezia Orsini Vizzana, as well as a motets by Maria Francesca Nascinbeni dAncona and Mexican poet/philosopher Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and chant by Hildegard von Bingen, Beatritz de Dia and Kassia.
The title of our season was suggested by the idea of "The Renaissance Man" a concept that rose out of the Renaissance to describe a polymath; someone whose expertise spanned a significant number of different subject areas, the most notable example being Leonardo da Vinci. However, women of the period such as Artemisia Gentileschi, an artist and musician (her painting of a "Young Woman with Violin" is upper left) and the women composers featured in our March concert, proved themselves just as capable and talented as their male counterparts and hence "The Renaissance Woman" was born for our thirteenth season