Pandemic Empowerment: Finding Resilience in Music and Stories
It's been a difficult time for all of us. Along with the horrors and uncertainty brought upon us by this pandemic, there has been an increase in assaults against Asians and Asian Americans. Pianist Donna Weng Friedman believes these horrendous behaviors stem from ignorance and fear. So, in collaboration with WQXR, she created Heritage and Harmony, a virtual concert that is both a recognition of the tremendous contributions to the musical canon by classical musicians of Asian descent and a reminder of the need to stand together against mindless intolerance.
For far too long in modern history, the musical composition was thought to be strictly the province of men. With soprano Allison Charney, she created HER/MUSIC; HER/STORY, a series devoted to correcting the historical record by shining a light on the music and lives of female composers through the ages. On 8/18/2020, HER/MUSIC; HER/STORY celebrated our 19th Amendment on the virtual series Season of Hope, now being featured at the National Women’s History Museum.
During our conversation about female composers, Donna mentioned several she wanted to share with this audience. She encouraged us to listen and then explore these artists. We agree.
Note: Donna graciously allowed us to share these performances.