The Story of Artemisia Gentileschi and the Women who Inspired Her
Welcome to Our 2022-2023 Season!
A Message from Our Artistic Director, Amelia LeClair
At its core, Cappella Clausura's mission has always been about illuminating the contributions of historical women. While this work typically focuses on female composers, we are thrilled by this opportunity to put two vibrantly talented artists in conversation with each other: Baroque Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi and Baroque French composer Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. With Artemisia we delve not only into these women's lives, but into the stories that inspired their art. During Women's History Month, we are proud to present a story by women about women.
We're so glad to have you with us as we continue our 19th season. Thank you for being a valued member of our community. Enjoy the program!
This program was made possible by program sponsors Helen A Berger and John Wolff. Thank you for helping us uplift works by women!
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Cantatas by Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
"De mouvement et marqué"
Featured Paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi
Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (1615)
Madonna & Child (1610)
Susanna & the Elders (1610)
Susanna & the Elders (1622)
Susanna & the Elders (1649)
Judith Slaying Holofernes (1612)
Judith Slaying Holofernes (1620)
Judith & Her Maidservant (1618)
Judith & Her Maidservant (1625)
Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (1638)
Meet Our Artists
Lauren Foster– Artemisia Gentileschi
Anna Stenberg– Judith
Abby Strayer– Prudenzia/Abra/Rebecca
Alex Alexander– Susanna
Dave Rich– Orazio Gentileschi/Judge/Daniel/Elder 1
Matt Crawford– Agostino Tassi/Holofernes/Elder 2
Janet Stone, soprano
Laura Thomas, soprano
Frank Campofelice, tenor
Thomas Valle-Hoag, baritone
Catherine Liddell, theorbo
Laura Jeppesen, gamba
Frances Fitch, harpsichord
Alison La Rosa, traverso
Amelia LeClair– Artistic Director
Anna Stenberg– Director
Leslie Held– Costume Designer
Joel Lawitts– Sound Technician
Sheldon Ross– Stage Manager
Abby Lass– Intimacy Coordinator
Brooke Stanton at Brandeis University
Melissa and Bernie Bernstein
Join Us for the Grand Finale of our 2022-2023 Season!
The Boston Women's Memorial is celebrating its 20th anniversary! We're thrilled to be ringing in this momentous occasion with newly commissioned music and lectures from local artists, historians, and politicians. We hope you'll join us for this joyous opportunity to remember the ladies who have shaped Boston's history!
May 7, 2023
Emmanuel Church, Boston
All of Cappella Clausura’s work and performances take place on Indigenous Lands. As an ensemble based in the Greater Boston area, we are on the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Massachusett, Pawtucket, Pokanoket, and Wampanoag Nations. We make this acknowledgement to offer recognition and respect to the original inhabitants of this place and to their descendants today, especially since the Indigenous history of this area has been erased for four hundred years. We ask our audiences to join us as we continue to learn about the history of this land and provide support for Indigenous communities.
Meet the Cappella Clausura Team
Board of Directors
Robin Stein, President
Martha Bancroft, Vice-President
Urban Larson, Treasurer
Abby Rosenberg, Clerk
Shannon Larkin, Chorus Rep
Cappella Clausura Is Seeking New Board Members!
Are you passionate about inclusivity and innovation in the arts?
Are you looking to meet new and interesting people?
Are you curious about how non-profits operate?
You may be just who we're looking for!
Cappella Clausura is working to expand our Board of Directors, starting with our 2022-2023 season! We are searching for diverse and energetic individuals who want to use their skills to uplift our organization and guide it into its next chapter.
Whether your background is in music, finance, marketing, education, activism, or another field entirely, we want to hear from you!
to express your interest.