For Mezzo-Soprano and Piano; duration: ~18:00
Premiered on Livestream Broadcast, hosted by National Constitution Center
August 26, 2020
Performers: J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; Laura Ward, piano
“… the story of women’s suffrage in the words of those who dreamed it, fought for it, and lived it.” – Composer Patrice Michaels
Introduction 1848 — E. Cady Stanton et. al.
Aria 1 Resolved — Susan B. Anthony
Aria 2 Sojourner’s Truths — Sojourner Truth (trans. Rev. Marius Robinson)
Recitative Duty to Themselves — E. Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott et. al.
Aria 3 The Challenge — Mary Church Terrell
Aria 4 The March — Ida B. Wells
Interlude 1 The Silent Sentinels — Alice Stokes Paul et. al.
Interlude 2 Without Words
Interlude 3 They Could Not — Alice Stokes Paul
Aria 5 Tennessee — Febb Ensminger Burn
Recitative 1920 — Susan B Anthony and E. Cady Stanton
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Co-commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, by The National Constitution Center, Lyric Fest, and the Musicians Club of Women, Chicago