Milton Community Concerts
On Mother’s Day, May 9th at 3pm Milton Community Concerts will present a live-stream benefit concert, “Music She Wrote: Songs By and About Women”. This one-hour program will feature a diverse and prestigious group of composers and performers in a multicultural program to benefit Rosie’s Place Women’s Shelter in Boston. This concert will also feature a talk by opera creator and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Cerise Jacobs. Tickets can be purchased on the Sparrow Live concert platform (sparrowlive.com/miltoncommunityconcerts) for a $10 donation, and the concert will be streamed for a full month, until June 9th.
Eleven outstanding singers will perform music of many genres, including songs by female composers from their particular country of origin. The songs cover a wide range of topics, including the Women’s Suffrage movement, the Boston Women’s Memorial statues, social distancing during the pandemic, and several songs about mothers. Ensemble Lyrae, a celebrated women’s ensemble, will be performing, as will Broadway/film/TV star Kerry O’Malley, who will sing a song of hope from the musical THE SECRET GARDEN. The pianist for this program will be Timothy Steele.
Special guest Cerise Jacobs will be giving a talk during this event. She is the founder of White Snake Projects, an activist opera company based in Boston. Under her leadership White Snake Projects has produced opera committed to both high production values and social activism: PERMADEATH (a video-game opera); I AM A DREAMER WHO NO LONGER DREAMS (a wrenching immigrant story); and ALICE IN THE PANDEMIC (a digital opera with live singing). Currently she is producing a digital opera called DEATH TO LIFE which explores systemic racism and long-term incarceration.
All net proceeds from this live-stream concert will go to support Rosie’s Place Women’s Shelter, the first women’s shelter in the United States. It has served as a sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston’s South End since 1974.
Generous grants from the Milton Cultural Council and from Celebrate Milton! are assisting in the production of this concert. For more information visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com.
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