Songs of Strength and Beauty
Although she was a much-praised and highly accomplished musician with more than 450 compositions to her name, it’s possible that you’ve never heard of Fanny Hensel. You might recognize her brother’s name: Felix Mendelssohn. Her lack of recognition speaks more to the times in which she lived than her talents and yet Fanny Hensel is only one of many female composers who would never achieve the acclaim that their male counterparts did.
So when selecting music for the Valley Festival Singers’ spring concert, conductor Joel Tranquilla chose to highlight music that would draw attention to the wealth of contributions made by females. Songs of Strength and Beauty is a special concert program for the Mother’s Day weekend that will feature music for, by and about women. Along with music by Fanny Hensel, the concert will also include works by Nancy Telfer, Sarah Quartel, Joan Szymko and others.
The concert is set for the Mother’s Day weekend but it will speak to a broader narrative than motherhood. Works from Purcell, Handel and Schubert focus on poetry by and stories about women. The concert also reflects a wide variety of styles with music from Africa, poetry from Japan and an arrangement by Tranquilla of Leonard Cohen’s Bernadette.
May 12th, 2018 at 7 pm
Bakerview Church – 2285 Clearbook Road, Abbotsford, BC Map
May 13th, 2018 at 3 pm
Calvin Presbyterian Church – 33911 Hazelwood Avenue, Abbotsford, BC Map