In June and July 2013, Women’s Voices Chorus embarked on its first international tour. We were thrilled at the chance to share American choral music with new audiences and to explore the choral traditions of the countries we visited: Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy.
Our Spring 2012 program included Lana Walter’s Magnificat, opera choruses by Bizet and Verdi, and other music about angels, devils, rogues, and saints.
This concert featured a diverse collection of American music: music from Latino-American, Jewish-American, African-American, and Native-American traditions; music of the Shakers, work songs, and songs of the American South; show tunes and jazz standards, as well as music by American classical composers. The concert also featured a world premiere of “If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking,” as well as “I Never Saw a Moor,” both composed by Jayne Swank and based on poetry of Emily Dickinson. Three pieces were conducted by chorus members who are also conductors in their own right, showcasing another aspect of the talented musicians in Women’s Voices Chorus.
This concert by Women’s Voices Chorus on Sunday, July 17, 2011, was a benefit for CASTLE, the Center for Acquisition of Spoken Language Through Listening Enrichment, part of The Carolina Children’s Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP). From classical to folk to gospel, all the songs celebrated the senses.
Women’s Voices Chorus explores themes of grief, loss, rebirth, and joy in this Spring concert. Accompanied by a string orchestra, the Chorus will perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Michael Isaacson’s Holocaust cantata entited Cradle of Fire, and several pieces by modern women composers, including From Behind the Caravan, a stunning new piece by Abbie Betinis.
This concert on Saturday, March 26, 2011, was performed at the Durham County Library in honor of Women’s History Month. The program featured a mix of secular and spiritual music, celebrating women. In addition to the music, there were readings from and about the famous women mentioned in the songs.
Women’s Voices Chorus presents a concert filled with music honoring all the stages of motherhood. Lullabies, requiems, and odes of praise are all included in this 90-minute concert. The program features works by Brahms, Palestrina, and Poulenc, as well as gospel, folk, Yiddish, and African music.
An inspiring summer concert to support UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center‘s research on women’s cancers. The concert featured a variety of music, from traditional shape-note hymns to classical works by Mendelssohn and Pablo Casals, to rousing folk songs. Each piece explored a different aspect of women’s courage, resourcefulness, and strength, qualities exemplified by women who fight cancer each day in North Carolina.
Women’s Voices Chorus is proud to present “Sparks of Divinity”: a concert featuring music of the night from Russia, Hungary, Finland, Canada, and the US. One of the highlights of the concert was the World Premiere of Lana Walter’s Sparks of Divinity written for Women’s Chorus and chamber orchestra.
This thrilling concert on January 24th, 2010, was inspired by the words of Sojourner Truth and features songs about heroines through the ages. From Old Testament heroes to the Virgin Mary, from Abraham Lincoln’s mother to unnamed women toiling at factories and homes, this concert sings of the strength and grace of women, both young and old. The choir also premiered three new works by Duke University Graduate composers, Sidney Boquiren, Paul Leary, and Thom Limbert.