“Together We Sing” will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Women’s Voices Chorus with a retrospective repertoire. Please join us for a look back and a look forward, through music.
Some highlights of our celebratory concert will include the first piece of music performed by Women’s Voices Chorus at our first concert in January 1994, the Brahms Ave Maria, Op. 12. Also included will be two iconic pieces suggested by Founding Director, Mary Lycan (1993-2006), exemplifying salient aspects of WVC’s mission. The first, reviving lost or forgotten works by women composers is Through the House Give Glimmering Light from Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 39, No. 3 by Amy Beach. The second is The March of the Women by Ethel Smyth, exemplifying the pivotal societal changes brought about by women visionaries and activists.
Other pieces drawn from previously performed repertoire will include commissioned pieces representing the importance Women’s Voices Chorus places on supporting women composing for women’s voices. Two of these works have special connection to our chorus. Mah Dodech Midod by Eleanor Epstein was commissioned by WVC to honor Allan Friedman, second WVC Artistic Director (2007-2019), and his wife Katie on the occasion of their wedding day. Another piece, Sparks of Divinity by Lana Walter, was commissioned by WVC to celebrate the life of Janie Perrin Stevens Brown, mother of chorus member Susan E. Brown.
Also included are pieces that celebrate musical cultural diversity such as Ikan Kekek by Tracy Wong, Spes (Hope) by Mia Makaroff, and Gloria from Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez. New additions to our repertoire include Rosephanye Powell’s To Sit and Dream, set to the Langston Hughes poem incorporating elements of jazz and the blues, and You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story arranged in the contemporary a cappella style by Julie Gaulke.
From serious to spirited and introspective to exuberant, “Together We Sing: Women’s Voices Chorus 30th Anniversary Celebration” will showcase the artistry and sisterhood of Women’s Voices Chorus.
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