Hagen’s show “Wonder Women!” delves into the remarkable stories and piano music of forgotten female composers from the classical repertoire. This recital will highlight piano works by 18th and 19th century composers, including Clara Schumann, Cécile Chaminade, Delphine von Schauroth, and others. Included will be stunningly gorgeous music by Marianna Martines, who lived in the same circles as Haydn and Mozart, and often joined Mozart in piano duets at the musical soirées she and her sister held in their Viennese home.
“I began performing this program after purchasing a disappointingly thin volume of music by female composers about 20 years ago,” says Hagen. “After reading through the music, I remember shutting the book and thinking to myself, ‘There must be more music than this, and certainly more music of a better quality.’ I simply didn’t feel the collection fairly represented the music that had been created by women during the 18th and 19th centuries. So I set out on a musical treasure hunt, searching online, through old collections of music, and in libraries. I have found that good music is getting easier to find as scholars take more of an interest in researching these remarkable women.”
Hagen’s extensive touring has taken her across Canada, to Sweden, France, Germany and Italy, and twice to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Awarded as Artist of the Year by both Ontario Contact (in 2017) and the BC Touring Council (in 2015), and called by The Guardian (in Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014. Sarah’s interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive” and “played flawlessly.” Her animated personality comes through as well during her shows. The Edmonton Journal wrote, “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.”
“This is a special program you won’t want to miss,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “Sarah’s music and dynamic personality serves up a night to remember.” Tickets are $20 and on sale at www.gnwca and at the door on the night of the performance. For more information, call 603-246-8998.