In this third concert in a series exploring complex social issues, frequent guest Giancarlo Guerrero leads American composer Julia Wolfe’s BSO co-commissioned Her Story, featuring the Lorelei Ensemble women’s vocal group. Originally commissioned to commemorate the centenary of women’s right to vote in the U.S., the piece broadly speaks of the continuing struggle for women’s rights. The three movements of Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs movingly contemplates the anguish of the separation of a mother from her child.
Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope is supported by the generosity of the Elinor V. Crawford Living Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.
Both works performed with English supertitles
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano Lorelei Ensemble Beth Willer, conductor Eliza Bagg, soprano Taylor Boykins, alto Sarah Brailey, soprano Meg Dudley, soprano Christina English, alto Stephanie Kacoyanis, alto Michele Kennedy, soprano Emily Marvosh, alto Sophie Michaux, alto Sonja Tengblad, soprano Anne Kauffman, stage director Jeff Sugg, scenic, lighting, and production designer Márion Talán, costume designer Andrew Cotton, sound designer
GÓRECKI Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs ---- Intermission----
Julia WOLFE Her Story, for vocal ensemble and orchestra (BSO co-commission)