Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice: Violence Against Women Through the Ages

Listen to Laura’s interview with Alison Young on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

Following a semi-staged, solo recital program I developed in April 2012 in support of Sexual Assault Awareness month, I carried the idea into my doctoral thesis project in April 2013. The final project featured five singers, a dancer (the reigning Miss Minneapolis, whose platform is Ending the Cycle of Domestic Abuse), a classical guitarist, and a pianist.

The staged recital takes the audience on a journey, from stories of Violence Against Women around the world and through the ages to stories of healing and hope. Through various readings and text, dance, and gems of art song by Libby Larsen, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, Germaine Tailleferre, Reynaldo Hahn, William Bolcom, David Evan Thomas, Benjamin Britten, Jake Heggie, Ben Moore, and Aaron Copland, we raised our voices to raise awareness and engage the community on this vital issue.

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