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Bach’s Lunch – Mellissa Hughes

October 5, 2023 @ 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

Our October 5 lecture by Mellissa Hughes will focus on the ongoing need for female representation in the classical, art song, and theater realm, and how institutions are attempting to address and correct this need moving forward. Artists whose work will be featured in the lecture will include Sarah Kirkland Snider, Jessie Montgomery, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Du Yun, and others.

About the Artist

Hailed by The New York Times as “a versatile, charismatic soprano endowed with brilliant technique and superlative stage instincts…indispensable to New York’s new-music ecosystem,” Mellissa Hughes enjoys a busy international career in both contemporary and early music. Recent and upcoming highlights include Chicago Symphony’s “Beyond the Score” performances celebrating Pierre Boulez; Ted Hearne’s Wikileaks oratorio “The Source” at BAM, LA Opera, and San Francisco Opera; international performances with John Zorn, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, a solo recital for American Songbook at Lincoln Center; an acclaimed recording release of Jacob Cooper’s SilverThreads, from Nonesuch Records. Hughes’s additional discography includes multiple albums from New Amsterdam records, and “Shelter”, a video opera by Bang on a Can composers Michael Gordon, and Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Julia Wolfe, released by Cantalope records. She has recorded tracks for the WNYC program Radiolab, is featured on the soundtrack of the Oscar winning film Moonlight. Mellissa currently resides in Southern New Hampshire and enjoys keeping an active voice studio.


The Bach’s Lunch series is offered on the first and second Thursdays of the month. Each live performance, held in our historic Recital Hall, features recitals and lectures by contemporary musicians and other performing artists. Pick up a box lunch at a local eatery, bring one from home, or eat before/after the performance. This series is free and open to the public.

The 2023 -’24 Bach’s Lunch series in made possible in part through the generosity of


October 5, 2023
12:10 pm - 12:50 pm