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MP3 File (16,389,334 bytes) : It’s no wonder that Victoria Bond has shown a particular interest in the stories of pioneering women who defy the conventions of their day. As the very first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program (and the only woman in the conducting department at the time), she knows what it means to take that first courageous step into uncharted territory. Over the course of her career, she has become a major force in 21st-century music as both a conductor and a composer, with awards and commissions from leading arts organizations around the world. In her opera Mrs. President, Bond tells the story of the first woman to run for President of the United States. Victoria Woodhull was a true revolutionary who fought for women’s rights under the law. An entrepreneur, she had a stock brokerage firm on Wall Street and her own newspaper. Woodhull ran for the country’s highest office in 1872, before women had been granted the right to vote. She was jailed on election night as a result of revealing preacher Henry Ward Beecher as a womanizer. The final scene of Mrs. President finds Woodhull in her prison cell, silenced but not defeated, looking ahead to future generations of women who will rise up to realize her vision of equality: “From my ashes a thousand more will rise. They will seize what I’ve begun, hold it high and carry it on. Arise!” Victoria Bond has admired generations of strong and determined women within her own family. Her grandmother lived in a tent in Israel while it was still ruled by the Ottoman Empire; Bond considers her the “first pioneer” in her family. Her mother was a concert pianist who traveled all over Europe playing concerts as a teenager. Bond inherited early on the belief that she could do anything she set her mind to, and her long career is a testament to this belief. Her career hasn’t been without its challenges, though. When Bond was first finding her feet as a conductor and composer, there was a pervasive skepticism about women’s capacity to thrive in positions of creative leadership. She had to fight against the view that a woman couldn’t be a serious conductor because there wasn’t a precedent for it, as well as the belief that women simply couldn’t compose larger-form orchestral works or operas. Bond has always taken inspiration from the examples of women throughout history who have done this work, as well as from women working in politics today who are constantly fighting to give voice to these and related issues. She hopes that her work “will act in the same way to other young women who come after [her] and who need constant reinforcement that they can do what they believe they’ve been set out to do.” Anyone in need of inspiration can plan to attend the world premiere of a fully-staged performance of Mrs. President, which will be presented by Rochester Lyric Opera on Nov. 18, 2017 — the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State. And if that’s too long to wait, you can join Victoria Bond in celebrating with 20th anniversary of her Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival at Symphony Space on April 3, featuring the world-renowned Eroica Trio playing an all-American program.
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MP3 File (11,271,419 bytes) : Classical Classroom, Ep 102: Women's History! Scandal! Intrigue! Opera! With Victoria Bond
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MP3 File (6,409,821 bytes) : An excerpt from WWFM's A Tempo on December 27th: Victoria Bond's setting of psalm 84.
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MP3 File (22,222,052 bytes) : Rachel Katz interview Victoria Bond about her Hanukah opera and the Psalm project which she was a part of
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MP3 File (3,719,359 bytes) : From Victoria Bond's work Bridges for chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra
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MP3 File (13,365,960 bytes) : Henry Ward Beecher barges into the office of Victoria Woodhull's newspaper, "Woodhull's Weekly" and demands to speak with Victoria. He is furious over her of his sexual misconduct but the more he tries to bully her, the more she teases him. She calmly informs him that an article about his sexual liaisons is ready to print. His anger turns to panic as he sees the possibility of his career crumbling in a scandal. He begs for mercy, but she tells him that far from condemning him, she recognizes his passionate nature and asks him to support her campaign. Stunned by this endorsement, he agrees.
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MP3 File (14,717,640 bytes) : In the ransacked office of Woodhull's Weekly, Victoria sleeps in Blood 's arms. He sings of his shattered dream of a peaceful life together. As she wakes, Victoria can think only of her own aborted dreams. In his study, Henry and Isabella are arguing over Victoria. Isabella claims that Henry is murdering a saint but he calls Victoria a fiend from Hell. The four join together, each locked in disappointment and accusing the other of trying to destroy love.
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MP3 File (11,591,096 bytes) : Henry Ward Beecher gives a sermon, during which he inspires his congregation to buy back the freedom of a young mulatto slave. Famous as an abolitionist, he stages a mock auction, selling the young girl's liberty from her slaveholder.
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MP3 File (6,740,470 bytes) : Victoria announces her intention to run for president. Citing discrimination against women and intolerable restrictions, she demands equal rights as a citizen and the freedom to dissolve loveless relationships. She claims to be the chosen leader and future president.
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MP3 File (6,396,914 bytes) : July 3, 2012 Ms. Bond Speaks about "Mrs. President," the opera.
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YouTube Video : Henry Ward Beecher barges into the office of Woodhull’s Weekly, furious at the rumors Victoria has spread accusing him of being an adulterer. The more he attempts to bully her, the more she teases him. In a rage, he threatens to kill her, but she calmly informs him that she is aware of his sexual liaisons and has the story ready to print in her newspaper. His anger turns to panic as he sees the possibility of his stainless career crumbling in such a scandal. He begs for mercy, but she tells him that far from condemning him, she endorses his nature and urges him to support her platform of free love. Surprised by this unexpected acceptance, he agrees to reveal himself as a hedonist and support her campaign. They abandon themselves to their passion and as they remove their clothing, Joseph Treat, a young man in love with Victoria bursts in with a bouquet of roses for her. He freezes. Victoria and Henry are oblivious. Treat hurls the roses to the floor and slams the door.
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YouTube Video : Inevitably, and despite perfect planning and rehearsal, things go wrong. What do you do? Composer / conductor Victoria Bond discusses handing problems with composure and a steady hand. A major force in 21st century concert music, Victoria Bond leads a dual career as composer and conductor. Her compositions have been praised by the New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding," and her conducting has been called “impassioned” by the Wall Street Journal and “full of energy and fervor” by the New York Times. Bond has been commissioned by The American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Houston and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, Cleveland and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, Women’s Philharmonic, Soli Deo Gloria, The Young Peoples’ Chorus, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Choral Society of the Hamptons and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, New York City Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Irish National Orchestra (RTE), Shanghai Symphony and members of the New York Philharmonic, among others. As a conductor, Ms. Bond has guest conducted the Honolulu, Buffalo, Richmond, Louisville, Albany, Anchorage, Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras; Cleveland and St. Paul chamber symphonies; Opera Carolina; Festival of Contemporary Music in Santos, Brazil; Radio Telefis Eirann in Dublin, Ireland; Center for Contemporary Opera in New York; and the Shanghai, Hunan, and Wuhan symphony orchestras and Beijing Central Opera in China. Learn more about Victoria: http://victoriabond.com/index.php For more Noted Endeavors videos, go to: http://notedendeavors.com
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YouTube Video : Anchorage Opera October 5th 2012
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YouTube Video : Workshop production Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival April 27, 2015 Symphony Space, Thalia Theater, NYC
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YouTube Video : Performed November 23rd, 2014 @ The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The combined choirs of Temple Emanu-El & the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine conducted by Kent Tritle. Psalm 84 has appealed to me ever since I encountered it in the Brahms Requiem. It expresses the profound appreciation I feel for the natural world and the exaltation that sweeps over me during walks when I contemplate the beauty of our planet. The words of this psalm are imprinted on my heart, and I hope to find music that can convey their deep emotion.
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