Women of Valor was submitted for the 2018 GRAMMYs in the following categories:
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Producer of the Year (Classical)
"...ingenious and invigorating composition...a maturing masterpiece... Ms. Clearfield has presented powerful and modern insights into the women of the Old Testament."
-Stan Schmidt, Producer/Host of Going Beyond Words, KVNO Classical
"A haunting and beautiful oratorio...superb."
-Dennis E. Ferraraon, Five Star Amazon Review
"...a major work, an oratorio for soprano, mezzo, narrator and orchestra that celebrates women of valor. Clearfield's scoring is remarkable, highly atmospheric, incredibly skillful."
-Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
Women of valor
Women of Valor is a celebration of women from the Hebrew Bible, inspired by a midrash, where each line of Proverbs 31 represents a biblical woman, but redefined in contemporary terms. Modern poetry and prose, together with ancient texts and Andrea’s powerful and engaging music, tell the stories of ten extraordinary biblical women, each from her own perspective: Sarah, Leah, Rachel, Jocheved, Miriam, Hannah, Yael, Michal, Ruth and Esther.
The poignant texts featured in Women of Valor, expressive of female viewpoints often historically neglected, have been studied widely by interfaith study groups as well as by Jewish and Christian women’s study groups. As educational vehicles, the texts and their musical settings provide a unique opportunity for modern readers to engage in a dialogue between traditional and feminist sensibilities, between literary and musical aesthetics, and between the past and the present.
As our contribution to this dialogue, and in furtherance of the LAJS’s educational mission, we plan to produce a companion study guide. But first comes the recording, which was released in April of 2017 on the Albany Records label.
As a Jewish woman conductor, I find it so inspiring that the composer, vocal soloists, narrator, conductor and subjects of the work are all women! We will be sure to keep you updated on this thrilling project.
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Recorded at SOKA University, Mission Viejo, California, April 4, 2016
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Special thanks to
There are so many people to thank, most importantly, there would be no music without the words. We pay tribute to each writer and translator whose inspirational text gave a contemporary voice to these Women of Valor.
We are extremely grateful to
Honorary Co-Producer ($10,000 and up)
Dr. Ian Drew
Your woman of valor ($2,500)
America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Bernard Franklin
Jean and Jerry Friedman
Moses and Susan Libitzky
Guy and Jeanine Saperstein
musician lover first chair ($1,000)
and our additional Sponsors
Cantor Perryne Anker
Michael and Evelyne Antin
Louise and Harris R. Clearfield
John Cygan and Cathy Merriman-Cygan
Judith E. Dolmatch
Marion H. Klein
Dr. and Dr. Allan Levine
Dr. Whitney Postman
Laura J. and Gary Rothman