Our Winter Concert, American Voices: Rise, will premiere on Zoom Sunday, March 21st at 5pm!
Join us for a virtual program featuring both beloved classics and moving works of living composers, exploring themes of justice, perseverance, belief, hope and peace.
Featured composers include Arianne Abela, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, Marques Garrett, J. Rosamond Johnson, Mark Miller, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Jake Runestad, and Dale Trumbore.
With texts ranging from the Song of Solomon and the works of twentieth-century poets Sara Teasdale, Laura Foley and James Weldon Johnson, to popular songs by Cyndi Lauper and Leonard Bernstein, this concert offers a survey of the broad range of voices—of different backgrounds, races, and generations—weaving the tapestry of modern American choral music.
Although the music we create together has taken a different form than all of us are used to, we believe that sharing these uplifting themes with our community is more important now than ever before.
We hope you can join us!
WVC Winter Concert—American Voices: Rise
Sunday, March 21st at 5:ooPM on Zoom
Can’t make the concert, but want to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the WVC (or in honor of your favorite chorister?)
Thanks for joining us at our Winter Sing!
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our recent Winter Sing of Orff’s Carmina Burana—our Artistic Director (and guide to the evening’s selections) Colin Britt, our Assistant Conductor and Pianist Elena Belli, and our trio of fantastic soloists—soprano Sonya Headlam, tenor Chris Georgetti, and bass-baritone Justin Beck.
Looking back at 2020…
In a year unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes, it has been wonderful to to sing “together” even if only virtually, thanks to the magic of technology—and the hard work and ingenuity of some of our WVC family! Making music in 2020 required us all to learn new ways of being together—apart, and the choral singing that brings us so much joy has been no different. (“Who ever knew that a choral singing hobby would be more dangerous than a skydiving hobby?” one of our members has mused.) We are grateful for your support of our evolving musical endeavors.
We’re pleased to offer this video from our 2020 holiday concert, a performance of Mark A. Miller’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” as a reminder of the power of music and an expression of hope for peace and safety for all people.
Special thanks to James Bilodeau for audio engineering and to Liam McNamara for video editing. Shared with permission from Mark A. Miller.
Support the WVC…and help us keep the music alive!
We’re running out of ways to say that these are challenging times…
But we sing on, thanks in large part to the generous support of our friends and donors. Like so many other performing arts organizations, we’ve had to pivot from live performances to an exclusively online presence, while attempting to maintain a sense of community among our members at our virtual rehearsals and with our larger community of friends and supporters within (and beyond!) the choral community.
We’ve held a series of Summer Sings, led a Choral Boot Camp, raised a glass at our Oktoberfest night of music and beer tasting, and hosted our usual holiday events—all from the relative distance we need to maintain (for now) to keep our members and supporters and their families safe.
We know there are many organizations asking for—and deserving!—support during this time, but we hope this season you will be able to support the West Village Chorale so that we can keep making music for (at least) another fifty years!
Ordering Online? Support the WVC While You Shop
If you are shopping online at Amazon.com this spring/summer, you can support the WVC at the same time!
Through its AmazonSmile program, the online retailer allows you to chose a charity to support; 0.5% of the value of your eligible purchases will then be donated to the charitable organization of your choice. We’ve been fortunate to have participated in this program for several years now, and the numbers add up!
To get started, instead of going to www.amazon.com, go to https://smile.amazon.com. When you see “Select Charity,” look for the West Village Chorale Inc”! From there, you can shop as you normally would, and know that a portion of your spending will help support the WVC!