UnSung Heroes

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa

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Pacific Chorale
Robert Istad, conductor
Karen P. Thomas, guest curator

David Clemensen, piano
Cynthia Ellis, flute
László Mezö, cello
Joseph Mitchell, percussion

“UnSung Heroes” celebrates music written by women, bringing it to its well-deserved place at center stage! Featuring the genius of creators ranging from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen to 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and including a world premiere by Seattle composer and conductor Karen P. Thomas.


I Thank You God Gwyneth Walker
Sorida (A Zimbabwe Greeting) Rosephanye Powell
Was weinst du Blümlein, Op. 23, No. 1 Clara Schumann
Nach Süden, Op. 10, No. 1 Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
Soir sur la plaine Lili Boulanger
Le Stelle (World Premiere) Karen P. Thomas
O ignee Spiritus Hildegard von Bingen
Her Beacon-Hand Beckons from To the Hands Caroline Shaw
This Woman’s Work Kate Bush
In Paradisum Galina Grigorjeva
Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal arr. Alice Parker
From the Wingbone of a Swan
(West Coast Premiere)
Edie Hill
To See the Sky Jocelyn Hagen
Both Sides, Now Joni Mitchell
Wanting Memories Ysaye M. Barnwell
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Carole King
Pal-So-Seong (8 Laughing Voices) Hyo-Won Woo

Platinum Season Sponsor:
Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons

Silver Season Sponsor:
Charles and Ling Zhang

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
(Pictured, from top to bottom: composers Thomas, Walker, Powell, Schumann, Hensel, Boulanger, Shaw, Parker, Hill, Hagen, Barnwell, and Woo.)

Celebrating the genius of female composers through the ages!