Description of 2016-2017 Concert Season
Theme for Season: Hunger
January concert title: Food
May concert title: Bread and Roses
The over-arching theme for Women in Harmony's 2016-2017 concert season is Hunger. This broad subject will be addressed both literally and metaphorically in our two concerts. Our January 2017 concert will focus on the more literal aspects of Hunger, including pieces about such topics as local food systems, sustainable agriculture, gardening, and farming. This concert will also include a set of both serious and light-hearted songs about food itself, such as Chocolate, Chili Con Carne, and Everybody Eats When They Come to My House.
Our May 2017 concert will address the more metaphorical aspects of our Hunger theme, and will include music about the hunger for basic human needs, such as food, housing, and companionship. This concert will give us the opportunity to program serious music about poverty and economic injustice. We will also touch on the topic of hope in the face of struggle: when people are hungry, lonely, and discouraged, they benefit from emotional food, including hope, to keep them going. Some of the songs on this program will be Famine Song, Fruits of the Selfless Heart, Bread and Roses, Hard Times, and There is a Light.
A special aspect of our spring concert is that we will welcome Voices Rising from Boston as a guest chorus. They will do a group of pieces on their own and then will perform a set of songs together with Women in Harmony. In return, in June Women in Harmony will travel to Boston to participate in the Voices Rising concerts. The inclusion of extra singers in our May concert will require us to hire a venue with considerable more space, thereby raising our costs significantly; this is one reason we are seeking grant funding.
In addition to providing our singers and our audience with the chance to experience meaningful music about Hunger, our over-arching theme for the 2016-2017 season will also afford us multiple opportunities to work with community partners. We will be developing those connections throughout the spring of 2016.
January concerts at Woodford's Congregational Church:
Friday, January, 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Woodford's Congregational Church 202 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103