Songs of Lament and Praise

Works by women composers
Sunday, February 28, 2021
concert-clock 5:00 pm
concert-pin Presented Online

Musica Viva NY celebrates the eve of Women’s History Month with a program by women composers for voice and piano, as well as organ. The concert will take us on a journey through a range of emotional experiences, with works by a broad range of American, British, Canadian and Australian composers born in the 20th century, and a strong connection to the 11th century through Hildegard von Bingen in Frank Ferko’s Hildegard Organ Cycle.


Frank Ferko, Completion of the Cosmos, from the Hildegard Organ Cycle
Gilda Lyons, Songs of Lament and Praise: I. Eve’s Lament & II. Deirdre’s Lament
Thea Musgrave, A suite o’Bairnsangs: No. 2 Daffodils
Florence B. Price, Night
Elizabeth Poston, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Frank Ferko, Human Nature, from the Hildegard Organ Cycle
Gilda Lyons, Lake Song
Betty Jackson King, In the Springtime
Undine S. Moore, Love, Let the Wind Cry
Gilda Lyons, Hold On
Jane Marshall, Words from Two Women: II

Frank Ferko, The Effect of Love, from the Hildegard Organ Cycle
Mary Carol Warwick, Hold My Hand
Jennifer Higdon, To Home
Rebecca Clarke, A Dream
Lori Laitman, Four Dickinson Songs: 4, If I…can stop one Heart from breaking
Susan LaBarr, Grace Before Sleep


Musica Viva NY choir
Danielle Buonaiuto, soprano
Erinn Sensenig, soprano
Barbara Fusco-Spera, mezzo-soprano
Heather Petrie, alto
Shawn Bartels, tenor
Paul D’Arcy, tenor
Andrew Troup, tenor
David Baldwin, bass-baritone
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, piano & conductor
Trent Johnson, organ

Digital access to this concert will be provided to ticket holders.