2019-2020 Concert Season

Fall Gala and Auction

Please join us for a celebration of local art and cuisine in support of WomenSing. Established in Orinda in 1965, WomenSing has grown to be amongst the Bay Area's finest ensembles - truly Lamorinda's very own, locally grown choir. Our community's support of WomenSing has helped the choir bloom and feed the musical souls of the East Bay and beyond. Your presence at our 21st Fall Gala and Auction ensures WomenSing remains sustainable.

Silent and live auction items will include fabulous themed gift baskets, delicious wines and tickets to “Pay-to-Play” events where our singers host an array of fun, informative and special experiences for all. Come and hear our Artistic Director share exciting plans for the 2019-20 season which will include commissions of new music, unforgettable choral events and many other surprises! Admission includes hosted wine and beer bar, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, catered by Carol Gilliland, A Loveable Feast. There truly will be something for everyone at this inspired event. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you in October!

Reservations are required. $65 per person, $110 per couple (1 bidder number per couple).

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 4:00 PM
Pleasant Hill Community Center (map)

Voyage – Exploring the essence of France with Cappella SF

WomenSing joins Cappella SF, the Bay Area's professional choir, and GRAMMY-Award winning conductor Ragnar Bohlin on a journey through great choral music by best-loved French composers.
The concerts feature music of Josquin, Debussy, Poulenc, Couperin, Duruflé, Fauré, Messiaen and more.

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00 PM
Santa Maria Church, Orinda (map)


The Light of Hope Returning

WomenSing is thrilled to announce an exciting large-scale commission by renowned composer, Shawn Kirchner. Inspired by the album Folkjul, a Christmas suite influenced by Swedish folk traditions, WomenSing's artistic director, Ofer dal Lal has invited Mr. Kirchner to dream up a concert-length American "folk Yule".

Scheduled to be performed on December 11th and 15th 2019, the project will feature a combination of Kirchner's instrumental improvisations and carol settings from American song and spiritual traditions. These carols and songs will be woven into a dramatic arc which tells of the return of light after dark times.

Kirchner intends for the work to be figuratively told from the perspective of a woman "wise in years, who has seen it all, having lived through seasons of great gain and great loss, and whose celebration of rebirth at the time of Solstice/Christmas/New Year is her antidote to hopelessness in troubled times." 

Lending the project its title, "The Light of Hope Returning," the writing of author Susan Cooper will be featured in several new song settings by Kirchner, along with a number of his original songs.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00 PM
Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Hill (map)

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4:00 PM
Temple Sinai, Oakland (map)