I Have Something to Say

I Have Something to Say
Sunday, March 13, 2022 4:00PM
In partnership with Boulanger Initiative

In 1920, the right to vote was expanded under the Nineteenth Amendment to include women. One hundred and two years later, we explore what it means to have your voice heard. 

CCS has commissioned works from three of today’s leading women composers — Augusta Read Thomas, Lisa Bielawa, and Jessie Montgomery — that demonstrate the impact of speaking up and speaking out. As part of the day’s activities, you will also get to dictate a postcard to a real or imagined President as a part of Sheryl Oring’s work I Wish to Say

Join us before the concert begins for a panel discussion with the composers. Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO of Washington Performing Arts, will lead a talk with the composers of the new works on the I Have Something To Say concert about their work.

3:00PM, Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral
Directions: take the south elevator in the Cathedral to the 7th floor


Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Overture in C Major
Lisa Bielawa: Voters’ Litany (world premiere)
Nadia Boulanger: “Prélude” from Trois pièces pour orgue ou harmonium
Jessie Montgomery: I Have Something to Say (world premiere)
Augusta Read Thomas: Far Past War (world premiere)
Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D (selections)
Dame Ethel Smyth: The March of the Women


Amanda Palmeiro, Soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Mezzo-Soprano
Issachah Savage, Tenor
Renée Anne Louprette, Organ
The Cathedral Choristers, Michael McCarthy, Director
Cathedral Choral Society & Orchestra
Steven Fox, Conductor
Sheryl Oring, Performance Artist

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required of all attendees (properly-worn, covering mouth and nose).