The Eternal Feminine was named one of “the best and most memorable classical concerts… given in Chicago during the past year…” by Tribune Music Critic John von Rhein. Von Rhein also noted that “Not only was some worthwhile music heard, but instructive points were made about music and gender” and said that “Mentzer sang with her usual vocal beauty and intelligence.”
“The Eternal Feminine” was a concert presented by artistic circles on August 7th, 2000. It was held at the historic Martin Theater at Ravinia and featured work of historical and contemporary female composers performed by mezzo soprano Susanne Mentzer. artistic circles commissioned a song cycle by composer Libby Larsen entitled “Love After 1950” especially for the event.
“The High Point of the concert was undoubtedly the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s song cycle “Love After 1950“. It turned the idea of the art song on its head. Instead of patterning itself on the old concept of the art song Larsen used poetry of five contemporary women and musical forms of the blues, torch song, honky-tonk, and tango.”
–Ann Feldman, director, artistic circles
The Eternal Feminine ©2001 KOCH International Classics.
–Dorothy Andries, Pioneer Press, Women’s Songs To Be Sung
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