“Suffrage Signatures,” meant to commemorate the anniversary year of the 15th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, serve on juries, and take part in public life was commissioned and will be performed by Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble, under a grant from HumanitiesNY. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Suffrage Signatures focuses on the inner lives of these New York pioneers for women’s rights through music, reproductions and explication of their private correspondence and carefully curated and researched introductory remarks.
Composed in 2020 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, Suffrage Signatures is a four movement chamber work which brings the private lives and intimate relationships of iconic New York suffragettes to life through music. The inspiration for the work is the New York Public Library’s extensive collection of the handwritten letters of these New York pioneers.
A talk by the composer on the subject of the lives of these remarkable, farsighted and brave women and their letters will accompany the performance.