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Songs of Women's Suffrage & the 19th Amendment

Patrice Michaels

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

Click here to view the premiere performance.

Co-commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, by The National Constitution Center, Lyric Fest, and the Musicians Club of Women, Chicago

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