Flemish Holiday with Friends and Family @ The Met, December 21

Leonora Duarte,  Flemish composer and musician, born in Antwerp and who belonged to a wealthy Portuguese-Jewish family, was one of the most brilliant composers of her time.

Yet in spite of her talent and her family’s prominence (friends of Vermeer and possibly Rubens, prominent merchants and art collectors), she received no commissions from church or court due to an insurmountable double whammy: she was both a Jew and a woman.

Enter Sonnambula, the ensemble that was hailed by the New Yorker as “superb.” In this holiday program, Sonnambula re-creates a festive evening at the Duarte household with music by Leonora as well as friends and fellow musicians.

At The Met Fifth Avenue – The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

 

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