Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Jubilation
Clara Schumann: Three Choruses
Stacy Garrop: Shiva Dances*
Caroline Shaw: and the swallow
Fanny Mendelssohn: Nachtreigen
Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
James Price Johnson: Harlem Symphony
*Grant Park Music Festival commission
On August 18th, 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. 100 years on, women are making an impact in everything from space travel to the arts. In recognition of this pivotal event in our nation's history, this program presents just a sample of the women whose compositions and musicianship have added to the Grant Park Music Festival, including Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn (once known only by their connection to a more famous male relative), Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, and Chicago's own Stacy Garrop.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the City of Chicago has cancelled all events in Millennium Park. All Grant Park Music Festival presentations for 2020 are taking place via digital media.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
James Price Johnson