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The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the 150th anniversary of the first vote under a women’s suffrage law, which happened in Salt Lake City. In recognition of these milestones, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s 2020 cultural festival will highlight the achievements of women and create opportunities for them in the field of classical music, particularly as composers and conductors.

Activities include performances of original works, artist presentations, and masterclasses.

PERFORMANCES of works by composers who happen to be women

 

 

 

 

WOMEN OF NOTES (IN OGDEN)

Feb 20, 2020 | 7:00 pm | Ogden Union Station (Browning Auditorium)

Works for the stage by women, including two miniature operas by Utah composers.


WOMEN OF NOTES (IN PAROWAN)

Apr 2, 2020 | 7:00 pm | The Aladdin Theatre

Works for the stage by women, including two miniature operas by Utah composers.


THE LOCUST

June 5 and 7, 2020 | TIME TBA | Natural History Museum of Utah

A short opera exploring the disappearance of the Rocky Mountain Locust, co-presented by Utah Opera and the Natural History Museum of Utah, as part of NHMU’s annual Bugfest. The Locust was composed by Anne Guzzo and written by librettist Jeffrey A. Lockwood and will be conducted by Michaella Calzaretta, Utah Opera Chorus Master. Tickets will be available through the NHMU website.


Events with Utah-born OPERA COMPOSER Lisa DeSpain

 

 

 

WOMEN OF NOTES (IN OGDEN)

Feb 20, 2020 | 7:00 pm | Ogden Union Station (Browning Auditorium)

Performance of No Ladies in the Lady’s Book, opera by Lisa DeSpain and Rachel Peters, part of the Utah Opera Resident Artist traveling concert Women of Notes.


 

WOMEN OF NOTES (IN PAROWAN)

Apr 2, 2020 | 7:00 pm | The Aladdin Theatre

Performance of No Ladies in the Lady’s Book, opera by Lisa DeSpain and Rachel Peters, part of the Utah Opera Resident Artist traveling concert Women of Notes.


 

COMPOSER PRESENTATION AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Apr 3, 2020 | 11 am – 12 pm | LOCATION TBA

Free and open to the public.

 


 

PRIVATE COMPOSER PRESENTATION TO UTAH YOUTH COMPOSERS GROUP

April 4, 2020 | TIME TBA | University of Utah Gardner Hall

Not open to the public.

 


 

PIANO-VOCAL READ OF THAT HELLBOUND TRAIN

Apr 10, 2020 | TIME TBD | Utah Opera Production Studios

Piano-Vocal read by Utah Opera Resident Artists and select members of the Utah Opera Chorus of DeSpain’s new opera That Hellbound Train.

Open to the public.

 


Events with Utah Symphony Composer-in-Association Arlene Sierra

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

DATES TBA | TIME TBA | Abravanel Hall

Performances of three Arlene Sierra works will be included in Utah Symphony’s 2020-21 season

 


Women on the Conductor’s Podium

 

THE LOCUST

June 5 and 7, 2020 | TIME TBA | Natural History Museum of Utah

A short opera exploring the disappearance of the Rocky Mountain Locust, co-presented by Utah Opera and the Natural History Museum of Utah, as part of NHMU’s annual Bugfest. The Locust was composed by Anne Guzzo and written by librettist Jeffrey A. Lockwood and will be conducted by Michaella Calzaretta, Utah Opera Chorus Master. Tickets will be available through the NHMU website.


PRACTICUM AND PANEL ABOUT CONDUCTING

March 28, 2020 | 10 am – 1 pm | Utah Opera Production Studios Rehearsal Hall

Practicum and Panel about Conducting – with Stephanie Rhodes Russell, Michaella Calzaretta and Conner Grey Covington.

Free to public. Online signup and more information available soon.


 

PAST EVENTS

 

COMPOSER PRESENTATION

Oct 18, 2019 | 12-1 pm | University of Utah School of Music, Dumke Recital Hall


 

MASTERCLASS IN SONGWRITING FOR THE THEATER

Oct 19, 2019 | 11 am -1 pm | Utah Opera Production Studios Rehearsal Hall

Free – online sign-up


WOMEN OF NOTES (IN GUNNISON)

Nov 6, 2019 | 7:00 pm | Casino Star Theatre

Works for the stage by women, including two miniature operas by Utah composers.


DEBUSSY’S LA MER

Jan 3-4, 2020 | 7:30 pm | Abravanel Hall

This classical music concert of works by Beethoven, Edgar Meyer and Debussy also includes Arlene Sierra’s Moler. 


WOMEN OF NOTES (IN ST. GEORGE)

Feb 7, 2020 | 7:00 pm | The Electric Theatre

Works for the stage by women, including two miniature operas by Utah composers.


MAYA MIRO JOHNSON | THIS IS UTAH: NEXT GEN

Feb 13, 2020 | 7:00 pm

Maya Miro Johnson is an emerging composer and conductor.  Trained as a violinist, she also creates and philosophizes through dance, theater, and the written word. She will be one of three young people featured on This Is Utah: Next Gen.


WOMEN OF NOTES (IN SALT LAKE CITY)

Feb 14, 2020 | 7:00 pm | The Clubhouse

Concert by Utah Opera Resident Artists, and celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first woman’s vote in Utah.  Co-presented with Better Days 2020.


WOMEN ROCK!

Feb 14-15, 2020 | 7:30 pm | Abravanel Hall

Concert with Utah Symphony and guest artists honoring the female singers and songwriters of Pop and Rock & Roll.