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Alice Barnett Stevenson, San Diego’s Early 20th-Century Composer

MARCH 24, 2023, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

For the first time in nearly a century hear the music of one of San Diego’s most respected yet little known women composers in a musical recital and lecture that brings the past to the present!
Musical scholar and soprano Katina Mitchell and pianist Yewon Lee will perform selected works of Alice Barnett Stevenson, an early 20th century San Diego woman composer.

Over a century ago in San Diego, the music community was growing and thriving thanks in large part to a woman whose immense talent and international training led her to an extraordinary life in music. Alice Barnett Stevenson was foremost a song composer, and her genre of expertise was art songs for voice and piano. She composed, taught, collaborated, volunteered, performed, and produced within San Diego music circles; her songs were performed and celebrated at local schools and at her home, as well as across the country at prestigious music schools and concerts in New York. Despite the quality of her music, the repertoire has been mostly lost to time, although the echoes of her influence resonate today; after all, the San Diego Symphony was founded in her home. In this lecture recital in honor of Women’s History Month, you will have the opportunity to hear Alice Barnett Stevenson’s music for the first time this century, and to learn her exceptional life story!

Live performance with musicologist Katina Mitchell (soprano) and Yewon Lee (piano) in a “lecture recital” format.


March 24, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States