Our 51st season, ENDLESS SONG, will navigate the many facets of choral ”water music,” exploring the connection between the water that flows through our lives, and the endless music that flows through our souls. From traditional Baroque gems to unexpected world premieres and pop music, we will span four centuries of glorious tunes for women’s voices.
Highlights will include two world premieres by Los Angeles-based composers Kirstina Rasmussen Collins and Marjorie Halloran, and a special benefit performance at the acoustically stunning Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center in Sonoma.
We are also excited to announce a new outreach program this fall, WomenSingforLife, whose purpose is to extend the impact of choral singing by offering the experience of a singing community to those who have limited access to choral music.
Choral music is a river that never runs dry. Your presence at our concerts and your continued support nourish the love of music and community that WomenSing feels and gives so freely. I look forward to what the next 50 years will bring.
Winter Concerts - How Can I Keep From Singing?
Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 8:00 PM
Church of Santa Maria, Orinda
We begin our journey with songs that reflect seasonal joy and offer comfort in the face of global unrest. Highlights include Jessica Locke’s Reading of the Names, written in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, and the world premiere of Kirstina Rasmussen Collins’ How can I keep from singing? specially written for WomenSing. Complementing these pieces will be works by Rheinberger, Glick, Rutter, and an eclectic mix of lyrical, lively, and immortal English Christmas carols.
Special Benefit Performance - Moments of Water
Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 3:00 PM • Reception to follow
Green Music Center, Schroeder Hall, Rohnert Park
In March, we travel to Schroeder Hall in Rohnert Park for a special WomenSing event. We’ll flow from the 18th century with the Domine Deus by J.S. Bach to the 20th century with R. Murray Shafer’s experimental Miniwanka (Moments of Water), imaginatively setting Native American words for rain, stream, waterfall, lake, river, and ocean. Guest organist and Schroeder Hall curator David Parsons will accompany our voices in joint works and will offer a special close-up peek at the Hall’s baroque organ. This program will benefit Global Partners For Development, a local nonprofit organization that supports clean water projects for children in Africa.
Spring Concerts - Water is Life
Sunday, June 4, 2017 – 4:00 PM • Reception to follow
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 8:00 pm
Church of Santa Maria, Orinda
We will immerse ourselves in life-giving water at our Spring 2017 concerts, singing romantic compositions of sea fairies and swift sailings. Folksongs describe deep longings, while more modern souls yearn for a bridge over troubled water.
Works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Elgar will be juxtaposed with Marjorie Halloran’s 8 Ways to Look at a Window. You heard the first four movements in Spring 2016 — come hear the entire set!
Special Benefit Concert - Moments of Water
WomenSing believes passionately that vibrant and beautifully blended choral music enriches, inspires, and challenges the listener. To spread the joy of music, and with the help of our generous donors and sponsors, we are proud to offer “WomenShare” – an initiative that makes complimentary concert tickets available to middle and high school students as well as the underserved members of our community.
Interested middle and high school students and community organizations providing services to the underserved are all encouraged to participate. It’s easy. Just email [email protected] for each WomenSing concert you want to attend, with your school or group name, email address, phone number, and number of tickets requested. You will be contacted with confirmation and further instructions. Ticket requests must be received at least 24 hours in advance and are subject to availability.