The Canadian Women Composers Project

When: 
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 3:30pm
Where: 
George Street United Church

Created by ctonigussi@gmail.com

The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project presents soprano Clarisse Tonigussi, and pianist Jenny Griffioen, in recital, featuring the works of Canadian women composers.

The CWC Project is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women composers. In an hour-long recital, vocal repertoire that has been overlooked in the past can be heard, appreciated, and recognized. For the Canadian sesquicentennial, the recital will make its way around Canada, sharing the music of Canadian women songwriters as it goes. The composers that have been chosen for the concert are Gena Branscombe, Jean Coulthard, Jean Ethridge, Carol Ann Weaver, Mary Gardiner, Ana Sokolovic, Jana Skarecky, Martha Hill Duncan, and Rebekah Cummings. The works are sung in historical order, beginning with music by Gena Branscombe and ending with a work based on Anne of Green Gables quotes composed in 2017 by Rebekah Cummings.

Not only does this project highlight Canadian women’s music, but it also showcases other Canadian female artists. The poetry has been written by Canadian female poets including Madeleine Guimont, P.K. Page, Judith Miller, Majorie Pickthall, Beatrice Redpath, and E. Pauline Johnson, a Canadian female designer, Carly Cumpson, has created the beautiful gown that is to be worn for every recital, and the musicians who are performing the recitals are also women. It is a celebration of women in Canada by having women perform great works by women!