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.
Our summer performance in June 2009 was a choral concert for children of all ages, featuring music, stories, and songs about animals.
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.
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.
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.
To celebrate winter, this concert on January 13, 2008, featured a variety of works both sacred and secular. Highlights included Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and the premiere of a new piece, “Herself A Rose,” by Eleanor Daley in honor of WVC founder Mary Lycan. Also included were Magnificats by Porpora, Dufay and Lana Walter, and pieces by Byrd and Purcell.
A celebration of love in all forms, this concert on Friday, May 4th, 2007, featured a second performance of our last-commissioned work, Lana Walter’s Welcome Love. The four a cappella settings of 17th-century love poems were a chorus favorite from the moment we began preparing them for their premiere in 2004.
This concert featured Amy Beach’s The Chambered Nautilus, a major work with lush, impressionistic harmonies we first performed in 2000. Its text, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, challenges the listener to summon the courage to grow and change. We also premiered a new work by Eleanor Epstein. Funded by a major gift from the Gidwitz family in honor of President Sue’s bat mitzvah, these newly-commissioned arrangements of Hebrew songs will make a significant contribution to the repertoire of Jewish music for women’s voices.
An airborne program of music inspired by things that fly. Mendelssohn’s “Surrexit pastor bonus,” with its Easter angel dialogue; Emma Lou Diemer’s Hope is the Thing , a suite of Emily Dickinson settings with references to our featured friends; and John Govedas’s “Mulligatawny Macbeth,” a setting of the Witches’ Song from Macbeth replete with shrieks and cackles. This concert included guest instrumentalists on oboe and organ.