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Set for 'Women's Empowerment of Sacramento' benefit, Lara Downes chats with capitol public radio

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Creative programming is a hallmark of Sacramento-based and internationally acclaimed concert pianist Lara Downes. In her concerts and on her recordings, Downes draws from wide-ranging sources to address a common theme.  On her latest CD, "Holes in the Sky," that theme is both universal and deeply personal.

As with many of her previous recordings, the new CD features high profile collaborators including pianist Simone Dinnerstein, vocalist/instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens and violinist Rachel Barton Pine. It contains a diverse collection of tracks ranging from 20th century classical compositions to tunes from the Great American Songbook to newly commissioned works by contemporary composers. And what ties all of this together?  "Really the story I wanted to tell was a story about the history of women in music, the impact of women in music, the past present and future of women in music and you know kind of a broad landscape of what that means," explains Downes. All of the composers and performers on the CDs 22 tracks are women. Downes says that represents quite a change from when she was coming up as a classical pianist. 

Lara Downes performs in a benefit concert for Women's Empowerment of Sacramento this Wednesday, March 13th at the Guild Theatre in Oak Park.  READ/LISTEN capitol public radio PAGE