Music about divine and human love. The first half of the program dwells on the power of sacrificial love to bring healing and peace to a troubled world. The second half begins by portraying the rocky course of romantic love: longing, rejection, and separation. Only at the end do straightforward expressions of admiration seem likely to be reciprocated! Includes “Three Flower Songs” by Amy Beach, and “Mag auch heiss das Scheiden brennen” by Mary Wurm.
The first part of today’s program presented images of Jerusalem—Zion, the holy city, a metaphor for the people of Israel, or for Heaven. The second part visited the city in modern, secular terms: it is the place where pleasurable excitement, even wickedness, may be enjoyed.
Our first commissioned piece: “Magnificat ‘Regina coeli'” by Katherine Dienes of New Zealand, as well as “Past Life Melodies” by Sarah Hopkins and Helen Caskie’s “Three New Zealand Country Songs”. Performed on May 9, 2000.
Music honoring the times and places women have found to compose or to sing music together, including an arrangement by Amy Beach of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem “The Chambered Nautilus”, pieces by Hildegard of Bingen and Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey in the Rock), and an audience sing-a-long of “The March of the Women”, a suffrage song, by Dame Ethel Smyth. Our first program entirely by women composers.
This program celebrates Jews’ and Christians’ spring festivals of redemption and new life. In particular, it honors the rôle of women. Through our music, we have walked in the steps of Miriam, Moses’s sister, who led the Hebrew women in a song of triumph after the crossing of the Red Sea, and with the women […]
This program celebrated our European and African ancestors who came to the New World. Some brought shiploads of material possessions — tools, household goods, books and manuscripts. Some, like the slaves, brought only themselves. All of them brought their memories. Our ancestors’ remembered music — hymns, canticles, folk songs, instrumental tunes, dances, rhythms — became the foundation for our rich North American music idiom. This concert was a sampler of folk, vernacular, and religious music from that immigrant tradition.
The program, with the Meredith Girls’ Chorale conducted by Fran Page as our guest ensemble, included works by Elinor Remick Warren, Barrie Cabena, Amy Beach, Alice Parker, and Salem, N.C. composer Margaret Vardell Sandresky.
A program including music by Elizabeth Poston, Frances McCollin, and Dame Ethel Mary Smyth.
A program featuring music about Mary, Diana, and Lilith, including pieces by Lana Walter, Mark Glick, Katherine Dienes, and many other composers and arrangers.
Performed on May 9, 1997. Program including “Dream Song” by Mabel Wheeler Daniels.
February 7, 2013
May 16, 2014
June 12, 2014
June 23, 2014