Early Music Seattle presents
For All Our Sisters
Masks and proof of vaccination is required at all concert venues.
The stories of women from antiquity resonate through our times. In this program, local composer Aaron Grad, the creator of the electric theorbo concerto Strange Seasons, returns for a program featuring soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah and an ensemble of Rachell Ellen Wong, violin; Janet See, flute; Annabeth Shirley, cello; Deborah Fox, theorbo; and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord. They are joined by reader/dancer Milvia Pacheco and reader/poet Jennifer Bullis for a program of exquisite cantatas from across the centuries, interlaced with contemporary poetry and evocative interludes, all designed to help us listen more compassionately to women’s stories from mythological times to today. Aaron’s new work, co-created with the Bellingham-based poet Jennifer Bullis, shines new light on the Sirens.
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Jennifer Bullis is the author of the poetry collection Impossible Lessons (MoonPath Press). Her poems and essays appear in such publications as Indiana Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Terrain, EcoTheo Review, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She is recipient of an Artsmith Residency Fellowship, Pushcart and Best New Poets nominations, and honorable mention in the Gulf Coast Prize. Originally from Reno, she holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she writes about long-distance foot travel, motherhood, horse-keeping, faith trouble, deforestation, women in the courtroom, and repurposing myth.
Cantata: Pan et Syrinx
By Michel Pignolet de Montéclair
Poem: Semele's Letter to Syrinx by Jennifer Bullis
Saraband from Violin Partita #2 in D Minor BWV 1004
By Johann Sebastian Bach
By Élisabeth Claude Jacquet de La Guerre
Poem: Bowed Seas by Claudia Castro Luna Claudia
Honey-Sweet, We Sing for You
By Aaron Grad
Aaron Grad - composer
Rachell Ellen Wong - Concertmaster
Annabeth Shirley - Principal cello and viola da gamba
Deborah Fox - theorbo
Janet See – flute
Jillon Stoppels Dupree - harpsichord
Danielle Reutter-Harrah – Soloist soprano
Jennifer Bullis – librettist
Claudia Castro Luna – poet
Milvia Pacheco - dancer