Crossing Borders Music shares on Mother’s Day a program of four women composers from diverse backgrounds.
The program includes late 19th/early 20th century Venezuelan composer Teresa Carreño‘s String Quartet in B Minor, and the “Mi Teresita” waltz she wrote for her daughter. Carreño, a mother of three, was an internationally renowned soprano and concert pianist who performed with Gustav Mahler, Edvard Grieg, and other legends while touring across four continents.
The program also includes movements 2+4 of Florence Price‘s Piano Quintet. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Price moved to Chicago, where, as a mother of three, she became an important contributor in Chicago’s Black Renaissance, and the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major orchestra.
Odaline de la Martinez‘s “Asonancias” for solo violin, will be performed by Crossing Borders Music violinist – and resident mother – Jennifer Leckie. Martinez, a Cuban-American composer and conductor currently living in the UK, is the first woman to have conducted a BBC Proms concert. She’s also a recipient of the Villa Lobos Medal, recognizing her championship of music by Brazilian composers.
Multi-award-winning composer Parisa Sabet‘s refreshing trio “When the Roses Laugh in Full-blown Beauty” is inspired by the poet Rumi, who wrote, “That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.” Sabet shares that “her distinctive musical language springs from her Iranian roots, Western education, and passion for socially engaged arts” including efforts to “foster harmony among diverse people.”
Featuring Marianne Parker, piano; Jennifer Leckie and Rasa Mahmoudian, violins; Seth Pae, viola; and Tom Clowes, cello; with videography by Aidan Kranz and sound by Miyu Morita.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.