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Eleven Steps to Breaking Up a Hart

Church of the Advent Hope
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This Mother's Day, The Moirae Ensemble, in collaboration with Sandcastle New Music Collective, presents Eleven Steps to Breaking up a Hart: Celebrating Women in Contemporary Music and Poetry, an evening of classical music and poetry. The program explores the experiences of women over the last 100 years through the music of Stephanie Ann Boyd, Evan Fein, and Gity Razaz, and the poetry of Adriana Socoski and Monica Ferrell, and will be presented at The Church of the Advent Hope on 111 E. 87th Street in NYC on May 13th at 7pm.

The concerts showcases the premiere of Ms. Boyd's Hart Songs, a song cycle for soprano and string trio, a setting of text from Monica Ferrell's collection of poems Eleven Steps to Breaking up a Hart, from her first book of poetry Beasts for the Chase, winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize. This set of poems examines a relationship seven years after it has ended; the narrator wades through and confronts her memories of the past relationship, projecting these recollections through the lens of mythology.

Also on the program is Ms. Razaz's The Yellow Wallpaper, a song cycle based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story of the same title. Written for and premiered by The Moirae Ensemble in 2013, this work examines the treatment of postpartum depression in the early 1900's. In addition, the evening will feature the American premiere of scenes from City of Ashes, libretto by Emily Anderson, an opera following the brutal treatment of the women of Berlin by occupying Russian soldiers in the days immediately following the end of WWII.

Throughout the program Moirae's poet-in-residence, Adriana Socoski, will share her work, and special guest Monica Ferrell will discuss her poem and read selections. The program will immediately be followed by a discussion and audience Q&A with the artists, as well as a short reception. Speaking of collaborating with poet Monica Ferrell, Moirae Ensemble director Catherine Hancock said “when I read through Monica’s debut book, Beasts for the Chase I immediately imagined Monica's use of language set to music…I knew I wanted to sing these words and when I met Stephanie Ann Boyd and heard her passionate music, I knew I had found a perfect pairing. I am deeply honored that both Monica and Stephanie have collaborated with The Moirae Ensemble on this very special project and lent their talent and creativity in bringing this new work to life.” Performers on the concert include Sarah Koenig-Plonskier (Violin), Sofia Nowik (Cello), Pedro Vizzarro Vallejos (Viola), Mika Sasaki (Piano), Evan Fein (Piano) Catherine Hancock (Soprano) Heather Boaz (Actor)

The Moirae Ensemble is a musical collective based in New York City that interweaves classical music with themes of social responsibility. Drawing from a roster of some of New York’s finest and most innovative young musicians and composers, the ensemble focuses on contemporary classical music, commissioning works that push the boundaries of what it means to be a traditional chamber music ensemble. The Moirae Ensemble performs and commissions socially relevant works that address a wide range of humanitarian concerns, with a particular focus on women composers and social issues that particularly affect women. Sandcastle New Music Collective was founded in 2015 by recent conservatory graduates as a surrogate for lessons and studio classes. Since then, it has evolved into a platform for a broad range of composers to share insights with one another and with audiences.

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