Past Concerts

Return to Joy - Spring 2011

Return to Joy – Spring 2011

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.

Women’s History Month 2011

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.

Almae Matres - Winter 2011

Almae Matres: Our Nourishing Mothers – Winter 2011

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.

Strong Triumphant Women – Summer 2010

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.

Sparks of Divinity - Spring 2010

Sparks of Divinity – Spring 2010

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.

Ain't I a Woman - Winter 2010

Ain’t I a Woman! – Winter 2010

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.

Just Us Chickens – Summer 2009

Our summer performance in June 2009 was a choral concert for children of all ages, featuring music, stories, and songs about animals.

Cheek to Cheek - Spring 2009

Cheek to Cheek – Spring 2009

This concert on Saturday, May 2, 2009, was all about dancing. The chorus sang pieces from South Africa, Slovenia, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Italy, Austria, and other lands. Composers included Barber, Berlin, Ellington, Porter, and Brahms.

Shirei Zion - Winter 2009

Shirei Zion – Winter 2009

On Saturday, January 31st, 2009, Women’s Voices Chorus performed a concert of music inspired by Jewish texts, featuring the world premiere of “What You Are,” by Caroline Mallonée, works by Whitacre, Copland, Casals, and Pärt, and a variety of Yiddish and Hebrew folksongs.

Songs of Innocence and Dreams – Spring 2008

Our Spring 2008 concert consisted of lullabies and nursery rhymes by composers both classic and modern, as well as folk song settings from England, Canada, Samoa, Wales, and elsewhere.