What do we do when we listen to our favorite music? Play it again! Audiences’ and singers’ favorite songs from the first five years of the Atlanta Women’s Chorus will be featured in two performances of Rewind: The First Five Years at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta.
Tickets are available now through the chorus’ Voices of Note website. Price for adults are $25 now through Jan. 19; adult prices are $30 from Jan. 20 through Feb. 16 and will be $35 at the door. Tickets for children remain at $15.
A half-decade of growth, service and excellence
“I think it’s important to think about how the chorus began and where we’ve gone in five short years,” said Dr. Melissa Arasi, Atlanta Women’s Chorus artistic director and assistant professor of music education at Reinhardt University. “Since it began as a project to determine its viability, the AWC has grown to a full-fledged chorus with a three-concert season, nearly doubled in size, and the quality of our performances also keeps reaching new heights. I am so proud of what these women continue to achieve.”
Arasi noted she firmly believes that in any organization, it’s important to look at the past to reflect and help guide the future. “This concert is part of that reflection, and our celebration of continued service in helping change hearts and minds through music, our Voices of Note family’s mission.”
While no single concert could include favorites from five years of performances, past audiences’ comments and a survey of AWC members helped Arasi construct Rewind. “I’ve always worked to include a mix of genres in each of our concerts to appeal to our audiences’ diverse tastes, and this celebratory retrospective is no different.” The concert will include everything from Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia” and Orban’s “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” to the Lesley Gore classic You Don't Own Me, and with “Seasons of Love” from Rent. The AWC is also proud to again perform Ola Gjeilo’s “Song of the Universal” from And Justice for All — the AWC’s joint concert with its brothers in the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus — complete with strings.
“While a number of the songs are serious, we’re planning to keep it light and fun with stories about concerts from singing and audience members,” Arasi noted.
Concert or season tickets now available
In addition to tickets for the two Feb. 17 performances, packages are also available for the remainder of either or both of the Atlanta Women’s Chorus and Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus seasons. Season subscribers receive the best seats in their chosen section for each concert, along with discounts on later purchases of additional tickets. More information is available at www.voicesofnote.org.
About the Atlanta Women’s Chorus and Voices of Note
The 70-voice Atlanta Women’s Chorus is a talented, diverse group of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. The group began in 2013 as the Atlanta Women’s Project, a small ensemble sponsored by the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus (AGMC), which is in its 37th season as one of the world’s longest-running gay choruses. In early 2014, the newly formed AWC presented its first full-length concert and is now an independent choral ensemble under the Voices of Note, Inc., organizational umbrella. The AWC presents three concerts with multiple performances each season. Both the AWC and the AGMC are members of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses.
The not-for-profit Voices of Note is a catalyst for social change, providing an opportunity to be inspired, a journey to places in hearts and minds that have yet to be explored, and a voyage into the perspectives of neighbors, teachers, siblings and friends.
Programs for Voices of Note are supported in part by the Fulton County Arts Council and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major support is provided by Turner, Prima Atlanta, Macy’s and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). Additional support is provided by Brandon D Hunt Design, Dan Lax Media, Peachtree Battle Chiropractic, Saint Mark United Methodist Church, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
A complete listing of financial supporters — and how you can support the mission of the two choruses — can be found on www.voicesofnote.org. For more information, see the website or call (404) 320-1030.