March 12, 2022
John F. Welsh Auditorium Doors open 7:00pm,
Concert start 7:30pm
Premiere of Julia Louisa Esther
by Stephanie Ann Boyd
Dances in the Canebrakes
Carmen Suite (Selections)
Julia Louisa Esther
Experience the WSO's landmark commission celebrating Wyoming and it's legacy of Women's Suffrage
The WSO’s “Suffragette Symphony” is a passion project for everyone involved and, after an extended wait, we are proud to present the World Premiere of Julia Louisa Esther by rising composer Stephanie Ann Boyd. The symphony was commissioned in 2019 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of women's voting rights in Wyoming, and the nation’s 100th anniversary. Before writing the piece, Boyd traveled to Wyoming to experience its beauty, character, and cultural heritage which you will experience in this lyrical piece.
To round out this unique program, the WSO will perform Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes and selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suite, highlighting women and their experiences.
Join the composer and Christopher Dragon for a reception immediately following the concert at Casper College’s Gateway Building to celebrate this exciting landmark evening!
NOTE: Masks are encouraged for the duration of this full-capacity concert. Please think about the safety of our staff, musicians, and other patrons who are older or have health issues.
“In writing the outer movements, I thought back to the many moments I had spent experiencing the almost-unbelievable beauty of Wyoming's every next moment of sunset, every angle of sky, the long wide line of earth between me and every rocky horizon.” -Stephanie Ann Boyd
Join Composer Stephanie Ann Boyd and the WSO on Wednesday, March 9th for a FREE panel discussion about the cultural, historical, and political context of the WSO’s upcoming Suffragette Symphony. Director of the Wyoming Women's Foundation Rebekah Smith, Casper College History Instructor Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, and Composer Stephanie Ann Boyd will discuss the composition, Julia Louisa Esther, and how the historical legacy of Women’s Suffrage is reflected in the piece and the socio-political challenges Wyoming Women face today. The panel will be moderated by Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper and Natrona County Commissioner.
This free event will take place on March 9, 2022 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center with a “happy hour” at 5:15pm and the Panel will start at 5:45pm. Tickets are not required, but please RSVP to this unique offering from the WSO.