Singing for a New Day- Concert Information
Women in Harmony has been singing for social justice for two decades. This concert celebrates the spirit of hope that is part and parcel of the chorus’ reason for singing.
The concert title comes from You Are the New Day whose composer found himself contemplating the dread prospect of nuclear war before he ultimately decided that “..If the sun came up and the birds started singing as usual then I could believe that it really was the new day...”
Kay Weaver’s classic One Fine Day (1984) is a tribute to some of the inspiring women who have made the road a little easier so that we can “be all we can be one fine day.”
Poets and their poetry will also be featured in the program, including three texts by Shakespeare set by modern composers. Francisco X. Alarcón’s poems In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles and A Small but Fateful Victory highlight contemporary Latino culture in songs by Roger Bourland. The concert concludes with Gwyneth Walker’s sparkling arrangement of How Can I Keep from Singing?, which serves as a sort of anthem for this long-established women’s chorus.
– Catherine Beller-McKenna