Friday 27 September 07:30pm

Season 5 Opening – A Night of Women Composers: From Clara Schumann to Meredith Monk

Presenting work by Clara Schumann, Ellen Reid, Emma O'Halloran, Mary Lou Williams, Missy Mazzoli, Meredith Monk, and Paola Prestini Performed by Nico Muhly, Timo Andres, Samora Pinderhughes, Nelson Patton, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang, Naomi Louisa O'Connell, and National Sawdust Ensemble

6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show


Season 5 launches with a nod to National Sawdust’s roots as a women-led institution. From Clara Schumann to Meredith Monk, National Sawdust will spotlight and celebrate the dynamism and diversity of these innovative pioneers.  

Featuring work by Clara Schumann, Mary Lou Williams, Meredith Monk, Missy Mazzoli, Paola Prestini, Ellen Reid, and inaugural Hildegard Competition winner Emma O’Halloran, the evening includes performances by two of the brightest stars in contemporary music, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres. Joining these two legends on stage will be soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell, composer/pianist Samora Pinderhughes, Nelson Patton, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang of Son Lux, and the newly formed National Sawdust Ensemble, with musical direction by former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. 

Some of the many pieces these luminaries will perform are selections from Silent Light, a new opera by Composer, Co-Founder, and Artistic Director of National Sawdust Paola Prestini, and a tribute to composer Mary Lou Williams, an icon of swing and bebop who wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.  

Join National Sawdust for this special evening honoring six women whose work and undeniable talent have indelibly changed the landscape of classical and new music.