Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Conductor
Nell Snaidas, Soprano and Guest Curator
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Soprano
El Mundo, Richard Savino, Director
The season opens on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco with Daring Sisters / Atrevidas Hermanas, a program that pays homage to one of the leading feminist figures of the 17th century Latin American Baroque era, Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz. Known as an intellectual, scholar, philosopher, poet and composer, de la Cruz stands as a national icon of Mexico for her staunch advocacy of women’s rights to pursue an intellectual life, and to study and be recognized as equal to men.
SFGC will be joined by a variety of Latin American and Spanish Baroque music specialists including soprano Nell Snaidas, who also serves as curator; soprano and SFGC alumna Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Richard Savino’s GRAMMY-nominated chamber ensemble, El Mundo. Selected works by de la Cruz will be featured alongside music written by Mexican, Bolivian and Peruvian composers, many of whom were inspired to pursue more scholarly paths as a direct result of de la Cruz’s advocacy and influence. The program will be sung in Spanish, Nahuatl and Quechua and will include works by Andres Flores, Juan Garcia de Zéspedes, Juan de Lienas and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.