Close Encounters With Music is an enriching concert experience that brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and insightful commentary. Artistic Director and cellist Yehuda Hanani introduces each program from the stage, placing the composers’ works and their times in perspective.

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman celebrates the approaching centennial of women’s suffrage: Clara Schumann, Fannie Mendelssohn, Marianna Martinez, Ethel Smyth, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach and Augusta Holmès move from footnotes to forces in the annals of classical music as women gain the vote and their artistic voices.

The centerpiece of the concert is a newly commissioned “quilt” of miniatures by Thea Musgrave, Tamar Muskal, and Judith Zaimont, musical portraits of suffragettes and other ladies of valor—Ethel Smyth, Emma Lazarus, and Sojourner Truth—who advanced the causes of women and everyone else with their steadfastness, ingenuity and idealism.


  • Occurs Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 East Second Street
Scottsdale, 85251


Yehuda Hanani

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