WVC Spring Concert—If I Can Sing
Our Spring Concert, If I Can Sing, will premiere on Zoom Sunday, June 13th at 5pm!
“If I can sing, I still am free.” These words of Sara Teasdale (set by Elaine Hagenberg) provide the title for the West Village Chorale’s spring 2021 concert—our first performance together in over a year!
Recorded in the acoustically magnificent Meeting Room of our beloved home at Judson Memorial Church, the concert features the WVC’s usual variety of repertoire—from Brahms to the Beatles, and from the 16th-century polyphony of William Byrd to the 20th century spirituals of Glenn Burleigh, among many others.
A long-awaited return to singing as one, this program is a testament to the power of the human voice and our resilience in the face of unprecedented isolation. Joining the WVC are cellist David Blasher and, as always, our beloved pianist Elena Belli.
We hope you can be with us via Zoom to experience this powerful and poignant performance!
WVC Spring Concert—If I Can Sing
Sunday, June 13th 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?)
Coming Soon…Summer Sings (and Things)!
Heard from one long-time guest earlier this year, “a summer without WVC summer sings is like a summer without ice cream!” Well, we are endeavoring not to make it two consecutive summers without the choral equivalent of delicious frozen treats!
Stay tuned for more information on our plans for this summer, which include a weekly series of discussions with contemporary composers in July, and plans for our more traditional Summer Sings (with some adjustments made for our post-COVID reality).
We look forward to welcoming you on Zoom, and back at Judson this Summer!
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!