Spring 2019


 A Star of the First Magnitude: Contemporary Women Composers


“What do I fear? I am a part of infinity,

I am a part of the great power of the universe,

A single world within a million worlds,

A star of the first magnitude

Which is the last to be extinguished.

Triumph to live, Triumph to breathe, Triumph to exist!”

– Edith Södergran

Women are writing exciting, expressive, and important music, and yet remain sorely underrepresented in traditional concert programming. Sacred and Profane is thrilled to bring you a concert of music written by women – all living and working composers except for the original feminist composer: 11th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Our concert will feature Quilt Songs, a collection of pieces inspired by quilts and composed by Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ysäye Barnwell, and Carol Barnett. We will also bring you works by the Swedish composer Tina Andersson; the Russian-English composer Alissa Firsova; the American composer Caroline Mallonée; and a setting of Edith Södergran’s feminist poem Triumf att finnas till by our much-championed Swedish composer, Karin Rehnqvist.

Saturday, May 18th, 8 PM 

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

1111 O’Farrell (between Gough & Franklin) 

San Francisco

Sunday, May 19th, 4 PM

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)