On Sunday, March 23, an audience at First Presbyterian Church in Durham experienced an historical event – the first joint concert between Women’s Voices Chorus and Vox Virorum! Vox Virorum is a men’s chorus ensemble founded in 2012 by director Jeremy Nabors that brings together singers from the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill […]
Our winter 2014 concert was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Women’s Voices Chorus. We proudly support the work of active composers and the concert featured music arranged for or commissioned by WVC, including the world premieres of “My River Runs to Thee,” by Jayne Swank, and “The Nine Muses,” by our artistic director, Allan Friedman, an eclectic piece celebrating the mythic sisters who inspire artists of all kinds.
Our summer 2013 concert was the culmination of a month-long summer choir. The summer choir was open to all sopranos and altos, regardless of their relationship to WVC.
Our spring 2013 concert delighted listeners of all ages with a world tour of music about animals. Music from Africa, Argentina, Japan, and Mexico mingled with favorites from the European and American traditions, including songs by our own Allan Friedman.
This concert featured Vivaldi’s Gloria as it was intended: with women’s voices and baroque orchestra, as well as other music reflecting the themes of the Gloria.
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.