Outreach & Education
La Donna Musicale fosters a diverse audience by advertising its concerts through mailings, flyers, public radio and newspapers. Performances, workshops and lectures are also promoted at libraries and schools. Each performance features a pre-concert lecture, offering relevant information about the lives of the composers and the cultural context in which the music was produced. The pre-concert lectures are given by musicologists from area institutions who specialize in this repertoire. A post-concert gathering allows the audience to view the Baroque violin, flute, harpsichord, viola da gamba, and other period instruments and to ask questions regarding their construction and performance practice.
La Donna Musicale maintains a school out-reach program that includes performances, brief lectures, and “hands-on” demonstrations of period instruments. These outreach programs aspire to educate young people about all aspects of 17th- and 18th-century musical culture. These events provide a unique opportunity for raising awareness about historical and contemporary women composers.