“Still I Rise” – Spring 2019

Songs of Our Foremothers

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall, 145 E. Cameron Ave., UNC Campus, Chapel Hill

Our spring concert will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. The music will celebrate strong women throughout history, featuring a new piece by the winner of our Composition Competition, New York-based composer Michael Bussewitz-Quarm. With special guest Capital City Girls Chorale.

$17 for adults and $7 for students/children. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more; for more information email treasure@womensvoiceschorus.org.

“Only Light, Only Love” – Winter 2019

Songs of Light, Love, and Freedom

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701-3799

Our Winter Concert features music about light, love, and freedom; its centerpiece is based on the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

The concert will also feature freedom songs from around the globe, compositions and texts by contemporary female composers and poets, and other songs of hope and love.

With Special Guest NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

 

$17 for adults and $7 for students/children. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more; for more information email treasure@womensvoiceschorus.org.

Rehearsal Cancelled – Monday, December 10

No rehearsal tonight due to inclement weather. For next week, December 17th, we will rehearse as the full chorus from 7:30-10:00 pm. Watch your email for a message from Allan with suggestions for what music to practice!

The Journey Home – Summer Community Chorus 2018

 

On Sunday, July 29, the Summer Community Chorus, proudly presented by Women’s Voices Chorus, will hold their annual benefit concert. This year’s concert is titled The Journey Home and will feature music about about families, passages, and helping each other along the way. The Chorus will sing works composed entirely by women, including modern, medieval, and Renaissance pieces and spirituals.

 

The Summer Community Chorus is a non-auditioned group of sopranos and altos committed to the local arts scene and charitable outreach. This year’s charity recipient is the Compass Center for Women and Families. The Compass Center provides programs ranging from domestic violence crisis services to legal resources to women and families in Orange, Durham, Wake, and Chatham counties.

 

Please join us on Sunday, July 29, 4:00 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Admission to the concert is free, but donations are welcome and will benefit the Compass Center. We hope to see you there for an afternoon of beautiful music for a worthy cause!

Miriyam, Maria, and Maryam – Spring 2018

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
305 East Main Street, Durham, NC

 

This concert, a showcase of Spanish and Middle Eastern sounds, will examine the core of compassion shared by the three Abrahamic faiths. Ariel Ramirez’s “Misa Criolla” and a new work by Artistic Director Allan Friedman will anchor the high-energy performance, and interpretive dancers will join the chorus on stage. Stay tuned for more details!

 

Tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for students and can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert. Online ticket sales have ended. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

WVC Featured on WCPE’s “Preview!”

On Sunday night, Artistic Director Allan Friedman once again sat down with Jonny Pierce from WCPE 89.7 ‘s “Preview!” to discuss our upcoming concert – “Miriyam, Maria, and Maryam.” If you missed it when it aired, just click the link below to listen here, or follow this link to WCPE’s website.

 

 

Join us on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Durham as we present what is sure to be an unforgettable experience! Tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for students. To purchase advance tickets online, please visit our Square store. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

 

And the Winner is…

The WVC Commission Competition has chosen a winner! This competition aimed to identify a talented composer (of any gender) and support her/him in the creation of a new work to be integrated into the chorus’s 2019 Spring Concert program. This performance will focus on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment by the US Congress, leading to the eventual ratification of women’s suffrage by the states. The concert will feature suffragette songs and the newly commissioned piece.

 

 

Our Commission committee faced a very daunting task – to choose from among 28 submissions from composers all over the US and far-flung locales such as Switzerland and New Zealand. After much thought and consideration, WVC is thrilled to announce that it has chosen Michael Bussewitz-Quarm as the winning composer!

 

 

Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, a composer, conductor, and educator from New York, is the perfect choice to work with us on a piece about woman’s suffrage. His bio describes him as “[p]assionate about advocacy through choral music,” and some of his previous and upcoming works include songs concerning the global refugee crisis and climate change. You can read more of his bio and discover his works on his website, mbqstudio.com.

 

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates on our collaboration as they come. WVC is excited to embark on this journey with Bussewitz-Quarm as we work to bring his vision to life!

Song of the Universal – Winter 2018

 

 

Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
University United Methodist Church
150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

 

Come, said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet has yet chanted,
Sing me the Universal.

 

Our winter concert takes its title from the Walt Whitman poem, beautifully set above soaring violins and piano by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Join us as we explore both the heights and depths of humanity, from Whitman’s unabashed optimism to Veljo Tormis’s dark warning about the evils of war and unchecked technology in “Curse Upon Iron.” Also featuring Vivaldi and contemporary composers Abbie Betinis and Gwyneth Walker, plus string orchestra.

 

Tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for students and will be available at the door. Online ticket sales have closed. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.

 

Free childcare will be provided at the concert, though space is limited. Send the names and ages of children needing care to contact@womensvoiceschorus.org.

 

Rehearsal Cancelled for January 17

Tonight’s tech rehearsal has been cancelled due to the weather. We will rehearse this Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:45 am – location to be announced. Please read your email for more details about this weekend’s rehearsal and concert, as well as suggestions of what music to work on at home!

“Preview!” Interview for “Song of the Universal”

Artistic Director Allan Friedman recently sat down with WCPE 89.7’s “Preview!” program to discuss our upcoming winter concert, “Song of the Universal.” In this interview, Allan and “Preview!” host Jonny Pierce chat about Allan’s musical history from his time at Duke University to conducting Women’s Voices Chorus before talking about what to expect from this Sunday’s concert.

 

 

 

 

If this interview has piqued your interest, be sure to order your tickets now! Women’s Voices Chorus presents “Song of the Universal” this Sunday, January 21 at 3:00 pm at University UMC in Chapel Hill. Tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for students. To purchase advance tickets online, please visit our Square store. All tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the ticket table in the lobby on the day of the concert.