The Petaluma Historical Museum 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma March 2, 9 and 16
In honor of Women's History Month, Mythica and the Petaluma Historical Museum will be co-producing a three week series entitled "Flowers in the Shadows". This Wednesday salon series will bring together fascinating lectures and performances on women composers and painters throughout history. Featured will be the Medieval Abbess, Visionary Scientist and Illuminator Hildegard of Bingen, one of the first composers we know by name; Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelsson, two profoundly gifted composers of the 19th century who were overshadowed by the men in their lives; Artemesia Gentileschi, a Baroque painter who used the tragedies of her life as inspiration to create images of female strength and power and Georgia O'Keeffe, whose joyous paintings of flowers in the desert were a visual response to her experience of "seeing sound" and "hearing color" when she listened to classical music. Each class will feature explorations of both art and music, interwoven with poetry and culminating in performances by guest artists.
March 2, morning: The Music of Kassia and Hildegard of Bingen March 2, afternoon: The Art of Hildegard of Bingen With guest performer Karen Clark, contralto
March 9, morning: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Clara Wieck Schumann March 9, afternoon: The Art of Artemisia Gentileschi and the Music of Francesca Caccini With guest performer Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano
March 16, morning: The Musical Inspiration of Georgia O’Keeffe March 16, afternoon: Courts and Courtesans:: Anne Boleyn, Barbara Strozzi , Marianne Martinez and Maria von Paradis With guest performer Julija Zibrat, violin $25 per class at the door