A Celebration of Female Composers throughout the Ages

Yonkers, N.Y., (Feb. 13, 2017) - On Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m., Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall are pleased to present sopranos Brooke Bryant and Yolanda F. Johnson, who will join forces to perform "Music She Wrote," a concert of music by female composers in honor of Women's History Month. Bryant and Johnson will be accompanied by Michael Eisenberg on harpsichord and piano. The concert will take place at Philipse Manor Hall, located at 29 Warburton Ave. in downtown Yonkers.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. For advance reservations or more information, please email Jamie@yolandafjohnson.com. Additional information is also available at www.brookebryantmusic.com or www.yolandafjohnson.com. 

The program will feature works by the most celebrated female composers throughout music history. The concert takes the audience on a journey from the Middle Ages, with chant by the prolific composer, abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), to the present day, with works by living composers, including Lena McLin and NYC resident Lucy Coolidge. Coolidge has created a special arrangement of her song, "Dream Come True," for Johnson to perform. Other composers to be featured, include Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677), African-American composers Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) and Florence Price (1887-1953), as well as the beloved Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847), sister of acclaimed composer, Felix Mendelssohn.

Soprano Brooke Bryant received her PhD in Musicology from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has performed with esteemed ensembles such as Musica Nuova, Sendebar, Ensemble Chanterelle, Musique de la Reine, the Clarion Music Society, and CUNY's Contemporary Ensemble. Bryant is the founder and Artistic Director of the early music trio Charites, called "a captivating triad" by Show Business Weekly. Charites has performed at institutions such as Columbia University, Galapagos Art Space, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Juilliard, Boston Early Music Festival (Fringe Concert Series), the University of Utah, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, and Manhattan College. The ensemble has collaborated with the Baroque dance/theater troupe Company XIV, performing Bryant's original compositions and arrangements of pop and classical music in productions including "Le Cirque Féerique" and "Snow White."

Yolanda F. Johnson, lyric soprano, completed her Bachelor's Degree in Voice at the University of Tulsa and studied at the graduate level at the University of Akron. She has performed nationally and internationally in musical venues including opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. She is an active recitalist/lecturer on many musical subjects, specifically, African-American spirituals. Johnson made her NYC debut as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni and has also performed the roles of Anita Hill in Ben Yarmolinsky's Clarence and Anita, Noemie in Massenet's Cendrillon and Millie in Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom, by Nkeiru Okoye. Johnson is a member of the SAI International Women's Music Fraternity, a leader in the music ministry at her church, and has been a featured presenter at the Performing the World International Performing Arts Conference. 2014 saw the premiere of her musical compositions and she is currently completing a children's opera. Johnson currently serves on the voice and piano faculty of the Mozartina Music Conservatory in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Michael Eisenberg has garnered acclaim for his interpretations of repertoire ranging from the sixteenth century to works by living composers. For six years, Eisenberg was presented in ongoing recitals by Carnegie Hall as a featured artist in the Carnegie NYC Neighborhood Concert Series. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild roster, he was selected to perform for the Placido Domingo Met Gala celebration. He has performed throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East and for National Public Radio, the BBC, CBC, and HBO. His recording credits include two-time finalist prizes with recording contracts in the EMA/Dorian international recording competition. He is the founding artistic director of chamber ensembles Le Nuove Musiche and Ensemble for the Seicento. He holds master's degrees in harpsichord and piano from the Mannes College of Music as a Sylvia Marlowe Fellow and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He is a National Endowment for the Humanities 2013 summer fellow at the American Academy in Rome and currently serves on the Columbia University Music Humanities faculty. 

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, the oldest standing building in Westchester County, is one of six historic sites and 15 parks administered by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Taconic Region. The site is located at 29 Warburton Ave. in downtown Yonkers, just blocks from the train station. The historic Manor Hall is regularly open for tours from Tuesday to Saturday. For additional information about Philipse Manor Hall, please visit www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/37/details.aspx. 

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Robert Lee | Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov | (914) 965-4027 


Chris Steber | NYS Parks Taconic Region

Christopher.Steber@parks.ny.gov | (845) 889-3880 


Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10701

Phone: 914-965-4027           Fax: 914-965-6485