The next time you go to a concert, try listening with your eyes closed. Without sight to distract you, you hear so much more than you do with the visuals around you competing for attention. With closed eyes, works like those that the Berks Sinfonietta played Saturday night become colors and suggestions that dance in your mind.
You are alone with the music, and your own imagination. Saturday’s concert, “The Struggle for Equality,” exclusively featured music by women. For the Sinfonietta, highlighting works by women, people of color and other groups who are underrepresented in the classical repertoire is nothing new, but it is always welcome. All three female composers featured Saturday night faced challenges due to their gender, but their styles and stories were each unique. These women struggled to belong in a classical music establishment hostile to their belonging. That was the theme of the night: belonging. Saturday night we all belonged in Shillington’s Immanuel UCC, united by sound.
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