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PUSHED ASIDE: Reclaiming Gage

Date, location, and tickets

Sunday, January 21, 2018
at 4:00 PM

Carrier Theater, Civic Center
411 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202


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Event Information

WORLD PREMIERE of an opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage by Persis Parshall Vehar with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar, fully staged with orchestra conducted by Heather Buchman. Gage was a visionary of women’s rights and human liberation.  She, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, wrote the arguments for, inspired the passions, and organized the political action of the 19th century women’s suffrage movement in the United States. This woman of courage and integrity publicly defied laws that forced complicity with slavery and denied women their autonomy and liberty – including the right to vote. Then in the 1890s Matilda was pushed aside as being too radical because she fought for others who had been “pushed aside,” and came to believe all freedom struggles are equal and interconnected. This is also the story of a remarkable corner of the world, now known as Central New York that became a fount of free thought and radical activism for ending slavery, honoring Native American Treaties, and social justice. In addition, Mrs. Gage had considerable influence on the thinking of her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, evidenced in his stories.  

Participants: Society for New Music