WoCo Fest 2024 Evolve: Saturday at the Mansion

Boulanger Initiative presents

WoCo Fest 2024 Evolve: Saturday at the Mansion

co-presented by Strathmore


Sat, April 13, 2024 | Doors open at 1pm

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The Mansion at Strathmore


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Fulfill your wanderlust by immersing yourself in a day of music exploration at the second day of WoCo Fest 2024: Evolve at The Mansion at Strathmore! Be enthralled by a mesmerizing, interactive sound installation, live composer workshops, and engaging events from artists, composers, and scholars. Explore exhibitor booths from Ebony Music, Women in Music DC, Washington Women in Jazz, Key of She Jazz, Sleepy Puppy Press, Aubrey Bergauer’s Run It Like a Business, and more. Get free headshots with a professional photographer and enjoy dining and shopping opportunities. Food trucks will be on site during the day, and there will be a public food and wine reception after the final performance by Sarah Cahill.

Your ticket grants you access to all events in the Mansion, starting at just $10.

Music Room Programming

Musica Spira Musicians In Formal Dresses


“Forth From Her Pen”
Musica Spira

Grace Srinivasan, soprano; Paula Maust, harpsichord with guest artists: Crossley Hawn, soprano; Amy Domingues, viola da gamba


“Forth From Her Pen” features music by 17th-century Italian women whose works would come to define some of the most important genres of the Baroque period.


These women’s careers flourished in a variety of settings, including courts, convents, and academies. Join Musica Spira for a program of resplendent works for 2 sopranos, viola da gamba, and harpsichord by Isabella Leonarda, Maria Perucona, Francesca Caccini, Antonia Bembo, and Chiara Margarita Cozzolani.

Andrea Casarrubios Sitting On The Ground In A Forest With Her Cello


Casarrubios Plays Casarrubios & Boulanger

Praised by The New York Times for having "traversed the palette of emotions" with "gorgeous tone and an edge-of-seat intensity," Spanish cellist and composer Andrea Casarrubios performs her own works alongside music by Nadia Boulanger. The program will include SEVEN, a piece for solo cello conceived as a tribute to healthcare workers in 2020; Mensajes del Agua, inspired by the perfect shapes found in crystals from unpolluted frozen water, as well as Silbo, a piece influenced by the fascinating world of whistling languages. The program includes works for cello and piano as well as 4 pieces by Casarrubios for cello

Ghost Ensemble Performing On Stage


Ghost Ensemble

This concert celebrates the rich 12-year collaboration between Ghost Ensemble and composer/oboist/installation artist Sky Macklay. Now a composition professor at Peabody, Macklay has been the oboist with Ghost Ensemble since their founding in 2012, and her music for the group runs the gamut from noisy and raucous to sublimely harmonious. Inspired by the unique timbres and theatrical talents of Ghost Ensemble, Macklay's music for Ghost is playful and virtuosic, asking the players to duet with her kinetic inflatable sculptures and converse with a sexy-voiced A.I.

Sarah Cahill Looking Into The Distance In A Garden


The Future is Female
with Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill, hailed as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, has commissioned and premiered over seventy compositions for solo piano. Cahill’s latest project is The Future is Female, an investigation and reframing of the piano literature featuring more than seventy compositions by women around the globe, from the Baroque to the present day, including new commissioned works. This program takes you on a journey through the evolution of piano literature, with works by Baroque composer Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, Romantic composer Louise Farrenc, 20th century composer Margaret Bonds, contemporary composer Theresa Wong, and more.

Gallery Programming

Boulanger Initiative and WoCo Fest 2024: Evolve is supported in part by funding from Strathmore, the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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