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An evening of music by composer Jessica Rudman

  Saturday, April 28, 2018

 at 7:30pm



Parish House at Christ Church Cathedral

45 Church Street

Hartford, Connecticut

***Parking is available in the MAT Garage (55 South Chapel Street) directly across the street from Christ Church Cathedral,

next to Hartford Stage. There are entrances to the garage on Church Street and Chapel Street. Parking may also be available at

200 Church Street in the Church Street Garage or at 24 Front Street in the LAZ Garage next to Salute Restaurant. Street parking

may be available but is limited.


Join us for an evening of music by Hartford based composer, Jessica Rudman including the world premiere of the one act opera "Marie Curie Learns to Swim," with libretto by Kendra Preston Leonard assisted by dramaturg Sadah Espii Proctor; the monodrama "Trigger"; and the song cycle "Four Songs for Lady Macbeth." The performance will be accompanied by the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dan D'Addio. The operas will be directed by Kristy Chambrelli. There will be a pre-show lecture at 7pm with the composer and librettist. 


Each piece features strong female characters that must overcome adversity, to succeed and even survive. "Marie Curie Learns to Swim" is a telling of Curie's life through conversations between her and her daughter on a beach. As the opera unfolds we see that learning to swim presents a parallel to Curie's struggle to advance as a female scientist in a field dominated by men. "Trigger," is a short monodrama for soprano based on a true event of a police officer being caught on recording asking what an abuse victim did to deserve to be hit. In this riveting piece, Rudman tackles the important issue of domestic violence. "Four Songs for Lady Macbeth" is a song cycle with libretto by Kendra Leonard, scored for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello and piano. 


To learn more about composer Jessica Rudman, please visit her website:

















Cast of Speaking Her Truth





Soprano - Jennifer Sgroe

Four Songs for Lady Macbeth 
Mezzo-soprano - Charity Clark

Marie Curie Learns to Swim
Marie Curie - Susan Yankee, mezzo-soprano
Irene Curie - Claudia Rosenthal, soprano
Pierre Curie - Mark Womack, baritone

Younger Marie Curie - Elizabeth Hayes, mezzo-soprano


Speaking Her Truth is supported in part by the Edward T. and Ann C. Roberts Foundation, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with major support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and a Youth Engagement sponsorship from the Hartt School Community Division.

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