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Strength & Sensitivity

  • Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)

Strength & Sensitivity is a touring concert experience which blends percussion music, poetry readings, and multimedia exploring the impact of stereotypes, social-emotional intelligence, and the intersection of art and the gender equality movement, created by percussionist, entrepreneur, and educator Colleen Bernstein. The Boston debut celebrates International Women's Week, in solidarity with the UN's HeForShe.

The program will include original works ranging from rap to funk, classical, experimental, musical theatre, and soul, within the framework of poetry from Gloria Anzaldua and Maya Angelou, music by emerging composers, and contemporary classical heavy hitters Julia Wolfe and John Cage.

Red Shaydez, a rapper and hip-hop musician who draws from her diverse background to create genre bending hip hop to empower young women

Brian Calhoon’s Marimba Cabaret, which combines a love of theater, singing and storytelling, often performed in heels

The blues of everyday living adopts new rhythms in post-post-R&B meets contemporary percussion with Dinquinesh She-Ra and the Percussionisms.

The Thread Ensemble with visual artist Marah Fellicce, Artist, making tunes out of her sculpture,”Poetry Puzzle”

The US premiere of “Not My Home” by Maria Finkelmeier for chamber ensemble

Dueling drum kits from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Percussion Ensemble lead by Doug Perkins.


$10 Students // $15 Regular