Weekend Concert Series

The City of Women

with Oompa, Helga Davis, and George Steel

Sunday, February 17, 2019
1:30 pm
Calderwood Hall


Readings by Helga Davis
On Lucretia, written and performed by Oompa
     World Premiere Gardner Museum Commission
Barbara Strozzi, Che si può fare, arranged and performed by Be Steadwell
Courtney Bryan, Yet Unheard (in memory of Sandra Bland) (2016)
Gloria Coates, "Illumination" from Transitions (1985), with dancing by Shellz
Kate Whitley, Speak Out (2017) (text by Malala Yousafzai), with the Handel and Haydn Young Women's Chamber Choir
Kim Baryluk, Warrior, Handel & Haydn Young Women's Chamber Choir

Helga Davis, the Gardner's second Visiting Curator for Performing Arts, collaborates with Abrams Curator of Music George Steel on a program that tells the stories of women, from Lucretia to Sandra Bland, whose lives and deaths have inspired action against tyranny. The music is paired with readings from Christine de Pizan (1364-1430), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648-1695), Oompa, and others.

This program is being created in response to Botticelli's companion paintings depicting the stories of Lucretia and Virginia. The pair forms a part of the Museum's special exhibition, Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes, which opens on February 14.


Tickets are required and include Museum admission.


Adults $36, seniors $33, members $24, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).


Adults $31, seniors $28, members $19, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).

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The Weekend Concert Series is generously sponsored in part by Hemenway & Barnes LLP. Music at the Gardner is supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The Museum thanks its generous concert donors: Fitzpatrick Family Concert; Diane Gipson; James Lawrence Memorial Concert; Charles Rendeiro; Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert; Marie Louise and David Scudder Concert; Wendy Shattuck Young Artist Concert; Willona Sinclair Memorial Concert. The piano is dedicated as the Alex d'Arbeloff Steinway. The harpsichord was generously donated by Dr. Robert Barstow in memory of Marion Huse and its care is endowed in memory of Dr. Barstow by The Barstow Fund. The Museum is also supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.