Hildegard Commission Concert stream at National Sawdust featuring Constellation Chor - March 11



Featuring the world premieres of three commissioned composers, Flannery Cunningham, Jimena Maldonado, and Sonja Mutić, and four works by competition finalists, Amanda Feery, Lauren Siess, Alicia Jane Turner, and Tan Yuting. This concert celebrates the Hildegard Commission; National Sawdust’s commission to support women, trans, and non-binary composers in the early stages of their careers.


Performed by conductor Raquel Klein, the National Sawdust Ensemble, led by Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist and former Kronos Quartet member, and Constellation Chor vocal and movement artists, for a program of new music, voice, dance, visual design and electronics. Luisa will perform in Jimena Maldonado's piece "Constelaciónes".


The three winners of the Hildegard Commission, chosen from 130 international submissions, each receive a $7,000 commission; mentorship from the judging panel – composer and vocalist Joan La Barbara; composer and sound artist Gavilán Rayna Russom; composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón; and composer, Artistic Director, and Co-founder of National Sawdust, Paola Prestini; a professional performance, and recording in our state-of-the-art hall for an album that will be released on National Sawdust Tracks.

The Hildegard Commission is made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, powered by American Composers Forum, is the media partner of National Sawdust's Hildegard Commission Concert.

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