The WWC’s spring concert, The Many Voices of Women, will feature all music of contemporary women composers and primarily texts of women poets as well. The program will open with a captivating setting by Canadian Laura Hawley of an anonymous Sanskrit text, “Salutation to the Dawn,” that celebrates living each upcoming day to its fullest. Music extolling the joy of singing features three prominent composers of our day, Joan Szymko, Sarah Quartel, and Libby Larsen. Movements from Songs for Women’s Voices by Gwyneth Walker set poems by American poet May Swenson, addressing varied topics of love, death, and passion. Lonely Hearts, a three-movement work by British composer Cecilia McDowall, offers three different views of being alone by poet Christie Dickason, the third adding the humor of a ‘lonely Hearts’ column, with unexpected singles seeking a perfect match. A smaller ensemble from the Chorus, the Choraliers, will offer three pieces referencing birds in quite varied ways by Canadians Sarah Quartel, Elizabeth Raum and Eleanor Daley. The program will close welcoming both the Berkeley Middle School Honors Choir and the Williamsburg Youth Chorale to join the Chorus in singing four both playful and contemplative movements from Hope Is the Thing with Feathers by the iconic American composer, Emma Lou Diemer.
Tuesday, May 14
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church
215 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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