A select few of the Women whose work is featured in The Agenda News
Dr. Dorothy Kosinsky - Director The Phillips Collection
Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection, was recognized with the Order of the Italian Star in December of 2017 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the arts and promotion of Italian culture. Image below: Dr. Dorothy Kosinski - Photo by Daniel Schwartz
The Phillips Collection is exhibiting Ten Americans After Paul Klee, thru May 6.The exhibition “explores the role of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee in mid-20th century American art, shedding new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Klee’s art and ideology into their own development. Artists who were influenced by Klee include William Baziotes, Gene Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is exhibiting Hung Liu In Print, thru July 8.The contemporary printmaker adapted figures from historical Chinese photographs to reimagine antique depictions of laborers, refugees, and prostitutes. She worked for four years in rice and wheat fields as part of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution and trained as a painter in her native China and later California, where she lives and works today. She blends an array of printing and collage techniques to create her works on paper, developing highly textured surfaces, veils of color, and screens of drip marks that transform the figures in each composition. This focus exhibition “continues NMWA’s exploration of innovations in printmaking, a medium in which women have worked since at least the sixteenth century.”
Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin - Executive Director U.S. Botanic Garden
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers named Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin as Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) in February, 2018. Before joining the USBG, Dr. Chapotin worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she has served since 2006. She was the Deputy Assistant to the Administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. Dr. Chapotin holds a bachelor of science in biology from Stanford University and a doctorate in plant physiology from Harvard University. Before her work with USAID, she completed fellowships at Iowa State University and the National Academies working on issues of biosafety policy, scientific communication and national security.
Jane Franklin - Artistic Director Jane Franklin Dance
The National Postal Museum is exhibiting In Her Words: Women's Duty and Service in World War I, thru May 13. Through the letters and artifacts of four women, visitors can explore unique, personal perspectives on life, duty, and service during the war. The exhibition was developed jointly by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation.
Image below: Army nurse, Camp Sherman, Ohio, 1918 - Grace (Mechlin) Sparling Collection, Gift of Lillian S. Gillhouse, Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection.
Marin Alsop - Music Director Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The BSO, led by Music Director Marin Alsop, will present Off the Cuff: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in the Music Center on February 23.Maestra Alsop will explore Stravinsky’s masterpiece, which has been called “terrifying, beautiful and awe-inspiring.” Rite of Spring directed by Maestra Alsop, will also be performed on February 25.In addition, Branford Marsalis, who belongs to one of the greatest American musical dynasties, will join the BSO to perform two melodic French pieces for saxophone and orchestra.
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will present Off the Cuff: Tchaikovsky with Balanchine, in The Music Center on April 27. The orchestra will be joined by the Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers, directed by Heather Watts. The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, with choreography by Balanchine, who transformed the music for use in a ballet in 1934. Heather Watts was formerly a principal dancer for Balanchine.
The BSO, led by Music Director Marin Alsop, with the Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers, will perform Tchaikovsky with Balanchine in The Music Center on April 29.The all-Tchaikovsky program will include Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, Suite from Swan Lake & Serenade for Strings in C Major - with Balanchine Choreography.
Gisèle Becker - Conductor Cantate Chamber Singers
Cantate Chamber Singers, conducted by Gisèle Becker, will perform Les Voix Françaises at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish in Chevy Chase, on March 10. The concert will feature music by Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Durufle and Hahn. The soloists will be Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano, Scott Humburg, baritone and Eric Plutz, organ.
Renée Fleming VOICES will present Laura and Linda Benanti: The Story Goes On in the Terrace Theater on March 9.Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti and her mother Linda Benanti will offer “a musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter.”
Image below:Laura Benanti
Victoria Gau - Conductor Capital City Symphony
Capital City Symphony, conducted by Maestra Victoria Gau, will perform two interactive family concerts titled I Like to Move It! at Atlas Performing Arts Center on March 18. The program will explore motion and tempo in music, starting with John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The program will also feature Charlie Barnett’s Blue Chevrolet: A Station Wagon Symphony and the world premiere of My Own Personal Rocketship. The program will include a movement from Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Johann Strauss II’s Tik-Tak Polka, and the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. There will be an Instrument Petting Zoo 30 minutes before the performance.
The Folger Consort will present a concert titled Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque in the Folger Theatre, February 23-25.The program explores the growth of Italian musical style from Renaissance to Baroque. Consort members Robert Eisenstein, violin, and Christopher Kendall, lute, will be joined by Risa Browder, violin & soprano Jolle Greenleaf.
Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, will present a Chamber Ensemble Performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiahat Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia on March 11. The ensemble will be joined by winners of the Choralis 2017 Young Artist Competition and the chamber orchestra.
Renée Fleming VOICES will presentUte Lemper's Paris Days, Berlin Nights in the Eisenhower Theater on March 16.The German singer and actress, who is celebrated for her interpretations of the work of Kurt Weill, will perform “a collection of songs that journey through Europe and Argentina, featuring the Vogler Quartet.”
Images below:Ute Lemper.
Melissa White - Violinist
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform a concert titled Spirited Brahms on March 17 & 18. The program will feature Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major, with Melissa White, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Melissa White is a winner of the Sphinx Competition.
The Kennedy Center will present Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fieldsin the Terrace Theater on March 13.“In this multimedia D.C. premiere, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and conductor Julian Wachner will reprise their Grammy®-nominated account of Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio recalling Pennsylvania's coal-mining past.”