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Mannes Sounds Festival 2020: A Celebration of American Women

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Presented by the College of Performing Arts and Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska, the Mannes Sounds Festival includes more than 30 concerts, masterclasses and lectures each year, performed by the school's gifted young student artists, distinguished faculty members, and renowned guests at prestigious New York City concert venues and cultural institutions. 

“A Celebration of American Women: Artistic Achievement and Suffrage Victory”

Featuring students from Mannes, Jazz, and Drama, this event weaves together music, historical writings, visual art, and poetry into an evening that recognizes and celebrates women’s suffrage.

The event is curated by Jenny Li (BM Mannes '21 / BFA Parsons '21) in collaboration with Liane McAllister and directed by Stephen Brown-Fried.

Amy Beach: Ballade for piano, op. 6 (1894)
Florence Price: “Night” for mezzo-soprano (1946)
Betty Jackson King: “ Dawn” for soprano
Ruth Crawford-Seeger: “Sunsets” for mezzo-soprano from Five Songs (1929)
Johanna Beyer: “Total Eclipse” from Three Songs for soprano and clarinet (1934) 
Rachel J. Peters: Selections from If You Can Prove That I Should Set You Free for 2 singers, piano and narrator (2019)
Joan Tower: Holding a Daisy (1996) & Or like engine (1994) for piano
Missy Mazzoli: Set That On Fire for flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin and piano  (2013)
Caroline Shaw: Gustave Le Gray for piano (2012)          
Valerie Coleman: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta for wind quintet (2009)
Melba Liston:  “Insomnia” for jazz ensemble 
Joanne Brackeen: "Twin Dreams” for jazz ensemble

Presented by the College of Performing Arts

Event Type

Music Performances


General Public


Performing Arts


College of Performing Arts, Mannes School of Music, School of Drama, School of Jazz


Music, Classical Music


Free with RSVP.

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