The Music of Jane Austen

Featuring Josefien Stoppelenburg – Soprano
Saturday, September 17 - 1:00PM to 3:30PM
Solon Library

I assure you it has been the greatest satisfaction, comfort, and delight to me, to hear what a musical society I am got into. I absolutely cannot do without music. It is a necessary of life to me…” Mrs. Elton to Emma Woodhouse in Emma.

Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg has performed as a soloist in the US, Europe, Asia, South America and the Arab Emirates. She has performed for Dutch King Willem Alexander and has won several prestigious awards. And wonderful news for us - she and her husband met over Jane Austen! As Austen fans, we all know how important it was to Jane to be able to practice her music and entertain her family. What would this have sounded like? Josefien will help transport us back 200 years to a family gathering at the Austen home as we experience Jane Austen’s music. The musicians will perform, we’ll talk about Jane Austen and music in her time, and we’ll have some time to meet with the musicians at a brief reception. Please feel free to invite your friends to share in this wonderful opportunity!

Josefien will be accompanied by members and guest artists of Burning River Baroque Malina Rauschenfels (soprano), Paula Maust (harpsichord) and Pillip W. Serna (viola de gamba).

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To help us with planning for this event, PLEASE RSVP by September 11th using the contact form on the website, or by emailing jasnaonc at gmail.

Rocking the Zombie Vote

Emma Woodhouse or Mrs. Elton – Cast Your Vote!
Sunday March 6, 2016 - 1:15PM to 4:00PM

With the Presidential Primary fast approaching, we'll have a chance to cast our own votes as proponents of Miss Woodhouse and Mrs Elton compete to win our hearts and minds. Everyone will have to pick sides in this stirring debate. Who makes the best comic heroine, and why? Come prepared with your arguments. We’ll tally the good, bad, and ugly of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters. Be prepared to support your position with readings from Jane Austen’s Emma. Just for fun, we’ll share some insights from novelist Diana Birchall’s In Defense of Mrs Elton, which can be found at

Besides being two of the greatest comic characters in the English language, Emma Woodhouse and Mrs. Elton are arguably Highbury's two most important residents. Yet these mavens are often at odds over matters of etiquette and taste. After carefully reviewing the campaign literature, which lady do you feel has Highbury's best interests at heart?
We’ll also hear from members who attended the advanced screening of the new film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Is it tolerable enough to tempt you? Find out! Those of you who attended the screening, be ready to share your thoughts!

This meeting is free and open to the public. We ask that if you have not attended a JASNA ONC meeting before, drop us a line to let us know you'd like to come and we can bring some extra treats, just in case there aren't enough BRAAAAAINS to go around.

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