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.
WomenSing proudly presents a unique program entitled "Moments of Water" at the Green Music Center.
As always, our audience will be treated to Martin's programming and directing, which includes a very appealing variety of music, beginning with J.S. Bach's Domine Deus to a 20th century piece, "Miniwanka" with its imaginative setting of Native American words for rain, stream, waterfall, lake, river and ocean. Other water-themed selections in the folk music tradition round out the program. A very special aspect of this program is that guest organist and curator David Parson's will accompany us in joint works and will offer a close-up peek at Schroeder Hall's baroque organ situated majestically on the stage-end wall.
But this event does more than entertain and enlighten. WomenSing has a 20 year history of giving back to the community through concerts in support of nonprofit organizations benefitting women and children. For this "Moments of Water" event, our beneficiary will be Global Partners for Development, a Rohnert Park based non-profit with an impressive track record of developing sustainable projects which provide clean water and sanitation to impoverished villages in Kenya and Tanzania.
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.