Being the champion of equal rights that I like to think I am, I feel a bit remiss about not writing anything in celebration of International Women’s Day, which was last Friday. Fortunately, I’ve been offered a shot at redemption this week in the form of some great events I can highlight that feature women quite prominently.
Things get going tonight with a whopping three female-driven productions. Singer and entertainer Sonya Mayer brings her show “A Day of Sky: A Cabaret for Climate Change” to the Collective in Snowmass Village at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, in Basalt, folks have the chance to catch pianist Amanda Gessler performing works by Beethoven, Mozart and Franck at Basalt Regional Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by comedian and “Late Late Show with James Corden” staff writer Eliza Skinner at The Temporary at 8 p.m.
Tonight and tomorrow night, Jazz Aspen Snowmass’s JAS Café presents renowned vocalist Niki Harris & The Mitch Forman Quartet at the Cooking School of Aspen for four shows. The Head & The Heart, an indie folk band fueled in part by the vocals of Charity Rose Thielen, will also be playing both nights, as well as tomorrow night, for a rare three-peat at The Belly Up (more on that in today’s Music Beat column).
Perhaps the most meta event, however, when it comes to celebrating the fairer sex, will be a performance Tuesday night at the Wheeler Opera House. “Karolina – Variations on Love” promises to be equal parts piano recital, history lesson and one-person stage show performed by a woman, Karolina Syrovatkova, bringing to life a female composer caught in a love triangle with her husband and another composer.
“The show is centered on the intriguing persona of Clara Schumann, perhaps the best known woman pianist of the 19th century,” said Syrovatkova via email. “I have performed this show in 10 countries around the world, but the Wheeler, in all its splendor, provides one of the most perfect settings for Clara to tell the story of passion and music that surrounded her life with Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.”
Syrovatkova is no stranger to local audiences after studying at the Aspen Music School and teaching and performing at a number of locations throughout the valley, and one of my DJ colleagues at KDNK, having caught her show, personally emailed and called me to attest to how good it is.
I know it’s the Me Too era and all, and we’ve been talking about equal rights, but I imagine Syrovatkova would be happy to take that particular compliment.