Concord Festival of Authors Concert

From Poetry to Song: a Musical Exploration

Sunday, November 5
3:00 p.m.

51 Walden Performing Arts Center
51 Walden Street
Concord, MA 

 

Celebremus: A Season of Song

Saturday, December 16
3:00 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church
81 Elm Street
Concord, MA

 

Amy Beach and her Contemporaries

Saturday, May 12
4:00 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church
81 Elm Street
Concord, MA

News

Boston Globe Article 5/02/13

Boston Globe Article 5/02/13

Concord Women's Chorus concert highlights women composers

The Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC) hopes to inspire the next generation of women singers – and to shine a bold spotlight on music written by women composers – during its spring concert, "For a Dream’s Sake: Giving Women Voice."


This program, featuring music written entirely by historical and contemporary women composers, will take place on Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at  Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St., Concord, Massachusetts, and will feature the Concord Carlisle High School Women’s Chorus. The collaboration reflects CWC's commitment to sharing this exceptional repertoire with young women singers.


CWC, under the direction of Jane Ring Frank, will showcase the music of composer Lili Boulanger, the first woman to win the coveted Prix de Rome in 1913. CWC will perform Boulanger’s "Les Sirènes," as well as music by contemporary composers Abbie Betinis ["Be Like a Bird"], Libby Larsen ["Canticle of Mary"], Eleanor Daley ["Rose Trilogy," "Child with the Starry Crayon," and "A Hymn for St. Cecilia"], Beth Denisch ["Facial" and "Oh Strange and Lucid Moment"], and Ruth Watson Henderson ["The Path of Light"]. Boston pianist Scott Nicholas will accompany the chorus. Tickets – $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 12 and under – can be purchased online at www.concordwomenschorus.org. For more information call 978-852-4239.


The Concord Carlisle High School Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Deborah Smith, will be performing pieces from its own repertoire, as well as joining CWC in performing a couple of works. CWC will also be welcoming acclaimed mezzo-soprano Lauren Curnow, from the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, who will be making her Boston-area debut. As guest soloist, Curnow will sing the role of Mary in Larsen’s hauntingly beautiful "Canticle of Mary" and will perform a set of important (yet little-known) art songs by historical African-American composers Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, and Undine Smith Moore. Curnow, a frequent solo artist in the Philadelphia area, is on the voice faculty at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Now in the midst of its 53rd season, the Concord Women’s Chorus is composed of 60 singers from Concord, and 21 surrounding communities. Founded in 1960, CWC has evolved into a vibrant chorus that performs classical, contemporary, and newly composed music with mastery, discipline, and joy. The group, under the celebrated direction of Frank, performs music written for women’s voices and has a special mission of keeping this music alive on the concert stage. Recent highlights for CWC include a tour to Philadelphia this past March, in honor of Women’s History Month; the May 2010 world premiere of Libby Larsen’s "Concord Fragments," commissioned by the chorus for its fiftieth anniversary season; and a 2010 tour in England. The chorus performs in Concord in December and May and also offers performances that benefit the public, including CWC’s recent collaboration with Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont on behalf of the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital.

 

Our 52nd Season

Concord Women's Chorus Announces Eclectic 52nd Season

 

As it launches its 52nd season, the Concord Women's Chorus (CWC) is celebrating the spirit of "connection."  Jane Ring Frank, beginning her 19th year as director of the chorus explains: "’Connection’ is a particularly powerful word for CWC for the 2011-2012 concert season. The group's increasing visibility has led to new collaborations, to renewed partnerships, and to a focus this year on a musical repertoire that celebrates not only our communion with each other but also our communion with the earth.”

The chorus begins the season as a participant in Singing for Peace, an evening of music commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, September 11th at 7:00 pm, at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street in Concord. Several area choruses and ensembles will participate. This event is free to the public and a reception will follow. Next, on Tuesday, December 20th the chorus will once again perform a benefit concert in Weston for Wayside Hospice.

The concert season continues with a holiday concert, Lights of Memory, on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St. in Concord, (snow date Sunday December 18 at 4:00 pm.) At the heart of this concert is Vaughan Williams’ beautiful Magnificat, scored for women’s chorus and alto solo. The program will also feature Arvo Pärt’s haunting Peace Upon You, Jerusalem and works by Rutter, as well as Michelle Weir’s jazz arrangements of traditional Christmas carols.

Finally, CWC’s spring concert will be on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. Entitled Earth Songs, the program is dedicated to songs of nature featuring a stirring set of English Edwardian Partsongs, with songs by Holst, Bridge and Stanford, as well as a set of English madrigals and works by Copland and MacGillivray.

Concord Women’s Chorus is comprised of 60-70 singers from 19 communities in and around Concord, Massachusetts. Expertly directed by Jane Ring Frank, and accompanied by Scott Nicholas on piano, the chorus performs a wide variety of choral music including classical, contemporary and newly composed music.

The chorus began in 1960 as an informal group of women who gathered for the joy of singing together. They became the Concord Madrigals and over the years the group has increased in size, level of quality and variety of music performed. In 2005, the group’s name was changed to the Concord Women’s Chorus. In 2010 the chorus celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special gala concert, which included a commissioned piece entitled Concord Fragments by the renowned American composer Libby Larsen. Also, in the summer of 2010 the chorus performed in several venues on a tour of England. They have also collaborated with the Concord Orchestra in several concerts. CWC is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium and Chorus America.

For more information on the chorus, visit www.concordwomenschorus.org.