Sarah Kirkland Snider's 'Forward Into Light' Premieres

Sarah Kirkland Snider's 'Forward Into Light' Premieres
Suffragette with Banner (1910-20, Library of Congress: Harris & Ewing photograph collection)
‘Forward Into Light’ is a meditation on perseverance, bravery, and alliance. — Sarah Kirkland Snider


On June 10, 2022, the New York Philharmonic will give the world premiere performance of Forward Into Light, a work by Sarah Kirkland Snider commissioned for the orchestra’s Project 19 initiative. Debuting two years after its planned premiere, Forward Into Light honors the centenary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

Snider notes that her piece “was inspired by the American women suffragists — Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Frances E.W. Harper, Ida B. Wells, Zitkála-Šá, and Mabel Lee Ping-Hua, to name but a few — who devoted their lives to the belief that women were human beings and therefore entitled to equal rights and protections under the law of the United States of America.”

Forward Into Light connects the audience to suffragists from a century ago through Dame Ethel Smyth’s “March of the Women.” A recording by Werca's Folk, a women's chorus singing that anthem, is played near the end of Snider’s orchestral essay. Its title is from a suffrage slogan carried on banners and placards during protests.

Forward, out of error
Leave behind the night
Forward through the darkness
Forward into light!

Two days before its Snider premiere, players from the Philharmonic will join singer Shara Nova and conductor Edwin Outwater in a “Nightcap” chamber concert curated by Snider that includes Caritas and selections from Penelope.

Later in June, Snider goes underground. Death of Classical presents four nights of her “requiem for the not-yet-gone,” Mass for the Endangered, in a striking space at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery. Gallicantus and the Decoda Ensemble are led by Gabriel Crouch.

Nightcap Concert
June 8, 2022
Shara Nova, voice; members of the New York Philharmonic; Edwin Outwater, conductor
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Project 19
Forward Into Light
June 10 world premiere
New York Philharmonic; Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Death of Classical
Mass for the Endangered
June 13-16
Gallicantus; Decoda Ensemble; Gabriel Crouch, conductor
The Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

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