March of the Women

  • March 22, 2020 5:00 pm

To mark the 19th Amendment's 100th anniversary, Cathedral Choral Society has commissioned three new works by some of today's most exciting composers: Lisa Bielawa, Jessie Montgomery, and Augusta Read Thomas. Featuring a range of powerful female voices, the program includes Ruth Crawford Seeger's ethereal Three Chants and famed British suffragette and composer Ethel Smyth's rousing March of the Women.


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March of the Women Events

PANEL DISCUSSION | Saturday, March 21 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Live! At 10th and G

Sponsored by AchieveUnite Women's Leadership Education Program for Women in Business

In a discussion ranging from compositional process to working in the MeToo era, composers Lisa Bielawa, Jessie Montgomery, and Augusta Read Thomas share their insights about their presence in a male-dominated field. Joy-Leilani Garbutt from the Boulanger Initiative adds her perspective as a leader in research on women composers. The panel will be moderated by Jenny Bilfield, CEO of Washington Performing Arts. 


COMPOSITION MASTERCLASS | Saturday, March 21 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Live! At 10th and G

Celebrated composer Augusta Read Thomas shares her knowledge and scholarship in a masterclass setting. Four young composers will have the opportunity to bring their works to life with the Artifice Choir under the watchful eye of Dr. Thomas.

This event is free of charge, but reservations are required.

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YOUNG ARTISTS' RECEPTION | Saturday, March 21 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Show your support for all the young artists! Join us to meet the composers, singers, and conductors involved in our March of the Women project.

Tickets: $40


PRE-CONCERT TALK | Sunday, March 22 | 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral



Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Overture in C

Jessie Montgomery, I Have Something to Say, world premiere

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Gartenlieder, Op. 3

Lisa Bielawa, Voters' Litany, world premiere

Augusta Read Thomas, Far Past War, world premiere

Ethel Smyth, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei from Mass in D

Ethel Smyth, The March of the Women

Steven Fox, conductor
Lisa Bielawa, composer
Jessie Montgomery, composer