On December 4, we presented a concert of sacred music composed and arranged by historic and contemporary women spanning five centuries.

Hosted by the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, our 80-voice chorus and instrumental ensemble performed in the beautifully renovated sanctuary, conducted by our new artistic director Peter Steenblik. Soloists Carla Connors and Hanan Tarabay joined us for our meditation on the meaning of Christmas.

The program featured works by five historic figures, who included:

  • Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz: a 17th century Mexican nun, scholar, poet, and playwright
  • Anna Amalia, Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: an 18th century German patron of the arts
  • Amy Beach: a 19th/20th century concert pianist, whose Gaelic Symphony was the first symphony to be composed and published by an American woman
  • Lili Boulanger: a 20th century French musician who, at age 19, was the first woman to win the esteemed Prix de Rome (Rome Prize) for composition.

Her Christmas also featured music by seven contemporary women, ranging from choral music icon Alice Parker to pop artist Amy Grant.

Graphic: John Medzerian