Bergen’s Tribute to Women
By Ignacio León | Staff Writer
March 8 was International Women’s Day– a date to celebrate and acknowledge the charisma, strength and perseverance of women throughout history and today. With so many contributions to the arts and sciences, women have been leading the charge to become influential role models in today’s society.
It just so happened that the day before International Women’s Day, Bergen hosted its own musical celebration for women.
On March 7, Bergen hosted “Treble Girls: A Celebration of Rebel Women Who Changed Music.” As part of the Ron Mazurek Scholarship Concert series, professors and students alike collaborated to perform different styles and genres of music and theatre.
With special guests including Justyna Giermola, Peter Furlan and Hee Jin Jeoung, the show’s eclectic ensemble brought to life the works of artists such as Clara Schumann, Cecile Chaminade and Joni Mitchell.
The night began with introductions by Prof. Daniel Sheehan and the president of Bergen Community College, Dr. Michael Redmond, after which the directors of “Treble Girls,” Dr. Andy Krikun, and Dr. Meryl Sole came onstage.
The first act consisted of a dance piece entitled “Zodiac,” which was choreographed by Lynn Needle, set to original music courtesy of Prof. Patrice Devincentis and performed by dancer Devon Malin.
Eerie and mysterious, the program then shifted to “Women Composers.” Comprised of classical pieces, this section demonstrated exceptionally emotional performances with the use of instruments such as the piano and flute.
Following this was folk and country music that included songs by Joni Mitchell and Linda Ronstadt. The tender music was only boosted by a tremendous and original vocal performance by Daisy Anabelle.
Then came a jazz piece performed by Prof. Sue Williams and her ensemble, the Sue Williams Trio. With such vibrancy and energy, the act climaxed with frenetic instrumentation and delivery.
Finally, “Women in Rock” paid tribute to the late Cranberries frontwoman, Dolores O’Riordan. With hits as “Linger” and “Zombie,” Heart’s “Barracuda” helped to set the tone and energy for the finale, a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” that was performed by everyone in the program.
Overall, the tremendous talent and effort that was exhibited on stage was a sight to behold. The mixture of genres and energy helped to bring alive the achievements of female artists, past and present, and promoted the enduring legacy of women in society.