Close Encounters With Music
Conversations With... Intimate and stimulating conversations about music and ideas.

Sunday November 20 | 3 PM
The Hudson Opera House | 327 Warren Street | Hudson, NY
Prize-Winning Composer Hannah Lash

Ken Moore

Just a century ago, you could count on one hand the number of women composers whose works were heard in public. As recently as the mid-19th century, Fanny Mendelssohn's father declared it unseemly for her to publish her music--just a few decades before Edith Wharton family compelled her to publish her literary works under the name of her father's friend. On Sunday, November 20, 3 PM, Yale composer Hannah Lash, who has been hailed by the New York Times for music that is "striking and resourceful...handsomely brooding," will provide first-hand insights into what has changed and what remains of this restrictive legacy.

$15.00 includes light refreshment


Sunday May 14 | 3 PM
The Mount | Lenox, MA
Author Linda Hirshman
AND The Feminine Mystique

Lawyer, best-selling author, and cultural historian Linda Hirshman has chronicled battles that have changed the social landscape of America in her books Get to Work: A Manifesto For Women of the World, Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex, and others. Her dual biography of Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sisters in Law, reveals how these trailblazers shaped the legal framework of modern feminism. Hirshman has written for a variety of periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Daily Beast, and participated herself in cases in the United States Supreme Court representing organized labor. She has also spent time in academia, teaching law, and philosophy and women’s studies at Brandeis University. A charismatic speaker, Hirshman will analyze the 14th and 19th Amendments in tandem as two paths to equality in the suffrage effort and as they affected private and public lives of women. ”

$15.00 includes light refreshment

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