Women Warriors, The Voices of Change — ‘Prologue’ & Chapter 1: ‘The Long Road’

Crossover Media
Jul 24 · 3 min read

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change is a thrilling multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, and features the music of eight renowned female film composers. Presenting 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality, this 80-minute interactive symphonic experience features historical visuals of activists from the past to present day. A socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert experience, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, civil, and minority rights, environmental causes, and gender equality.

Conductor and Producer Amy Andersson teams with composers Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Mandy Hoffman, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi, and Lolita Ritmanis, who together have created a rich and cinematic orchestral experience. Concertgoers will hear an unprecedented seventeen world premieres that inspire hope and courage for women and girls around the world. Special guest artists include; Afghan rapper/songwriter Sonita Alizadeh, fifteen year old singer/songwriter Isolde Fair, and violinist Nathalie Bonin. Iranian human rights activist and author Masih Alinejad is the honored guest speaker.

Video Trailer Music by Penka Kouneva

Featured Podcast for Week 7.22.2019: ‘Prologue’ & Chapter One ‘The Long Road’ with Music By Lolita Ritmanis

We live in a time of great hope for change, in a time where women’s voices will no longer be silenced, or ignored. As we rip off the band-aid that has been covering up many unhealed wounds from our past, the time is now to learn from that past, and through awareness create a healthier society, where equality becomes the norm, and where diverse voices are no longer marginalized, but celebrated. The concert ‘Prologue’ shares both visually and sonically, the power of women and the breathtaking groundswell of the collective experience.

Chapter One: ‘The Long Road’
As Lolita Ritmanis sat down to begin the process of composing an original symphonic work to support Chapter One of Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, the powerful subject of women throughout history seemed a daunting task to write for. How does one comment musically on such a broad overview of the collective “long road,” while paying homage to individual achievements, obstacles, and battles won and lost? Chapter One could not merely support the visuals we will see on the screen. This work needed to make its own statement, present its own purpose within the body of the concert. ‘The Long Road’ needed to feature individual voices within a sea of collective voices and Ritmanis chose to compose a double concerto, featuring four unique voices: flute, violin, french horn, and cello. Throughout Chapter One, the quartet shines a light through the orchestra celebrating women warriors of the past, their journeys throughout history, and the living, breathing road that we are all paving together today.

Join us at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center — September 20 2019 at 8:00pm for this historical and stunning concert experience which celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human and civil rights, environmental causes, and gender equality.

Women Warriors, The Voices of Change features Orchestra Moderne NYC, Amy Andersson, Conductor, with Masih Alinejad — Guest Speaker and Guest Artists — Sonita Alizadeh, Isolde Fair and Nathalie Bonin. The evening presents the music of Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Mandy Hoffman, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi, and Lolita Ritmanis.

This content, as well as the related podcast, are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) for redistribution and adaptation.

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