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The season kicks off with an entertaining look at the life and music of Wilhelmine von Bayreuth. The fundraising event starts Aug. 20 and registration starts at $10.

 

 

Lumedia Musicworks offers a sneak peek Aug. 20-27 of its 2021-22 season with the debut of a lighthearted film about Wilhelmine von Bayreuth and a performance of some of her work. It’s part of nonprofit Lumedia’s popular Stories series that includes tales and compositions of women in early music - music composed before 1750.

 

The film and performance are available online at https://www.lumediamusicworks.com/stories-wilhelmine-1. Registration starts at $10. The sneak peek, which goes live at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 27, is a fundraiser for Lumedia’s upcoming fifth season. The season begins Sept. 10 and will feature short films, comedic documentaries and live performances produced by the Dallas-based ensemble; films from last season won awards and recognition in three countries.

 

“We go into our fifth season with many clever ideas.” said Julianna Emanski of Frisco, Lumedia’s artistic director and a Grammy nominee. “Pair that with an excellent creative team, and you get a huge variety of offerings for 2021-22. The women’s Stories series is a great example of the innovative, entertaining, and fun approach we bring to performing early music.”

 

Bayreuth (1709-1758), a Prussian princess and older sister of Frederick the Great, composed operas and chamber music. With a love for the arts, she built her German town of Bayreuth into a cultural mecca that attracted renowned artists, musicians, and philosophers.

 

Future Stories feature comedic educational content and music performances about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Garsenda, Countess of Forcalquier and Countess of Provence; Claudia Sessa; and Belle van Zuylen. The series is directed by Jendi Tarde of Castle Hills in Lewisville.

 

Lumedia, which boasts singers and musicians from all over Texas, has fans from as far away as South Africa and Australia.