The Women’s Chamber Choir of Hope College will perform with Luminescence and 12th Street Harmony on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Made up of approximately 20 singers, the Women’s Chamber Choir is an auditioned group. The ensemble tackles a wide variety of literature for treble voices.
The close-harmony groups 12th Street Harmony and Luminescence will perform a mixture of a cappella selections, both modern and traditional.
The Women’s Chamber Choir will begin with a diverse, sacred set that will include Gabriel Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” with piano, a Hebrew setting of Exodus 15: 19-21 with percussion, an unaccompanied Shaker revival song (“Hop up and Jump up”), and a grand arrangement with piano of the Quaker hymn, “How Can I Keep From Singing?” Following, the program will feature “Still I Rise,” an original piece in the spiritual tradition by Rosephanye Powell, a contemporary African-American woman composer.
The concert’s secular set will begin with the “Tundra” by Ola Gjeilo. The next piece, “I Am Only One,” is dedicated to the first responders of New York City, and includes the text “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.” “Bread and Roses” sets a 1911 poem related to working women's struggle for both fair wages (bread) and dignified working conditions (roses); its composer, Brad Richmond, is Hope’s director of choral activities. As always, the concert will end with “Blessing,” by Katie Moran Bart.
The Women’s Chamber Choir’s longtime accompanist is Lannette Zylman-TenHave, and the concert will feature soloists and percussionists from within the choir.
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is located at 195 W. 13th St., on the corner of 13th Street and Maple Avenue.