Experience the WSO's landmark commission celebrating Wyoming and it's legacy of Women's Suffrage
March 12, 2022
John F. Welsh Auditorium
The WSO’s “Suffragette Symphony” was 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.
“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
THE WOLD FOUNDATION
with Stephanie Ann Boyd
Watch composer Stephanie Ann Boyd and the WSO in the panel discussion about the cultural, historical, and political context of the WSO’s Suffragette Symphony. Director of the Wyoming Women's Foundation Rebekah Smith, Casper College History Instructor Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, and Composer Stephanie Ann Boyd 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 was moderated by Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper and Natrona County Commissioner.