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Feminine Voice choral concert this weekend in VPAC

The concert features songs by female composers. (Allie Remis/Snapper)
The concert features songs by female composers. (Allie Remis/Snapper)

Kelsey Bundra
Editor-in-Chief

Feminine Voice, a concert featuring University Choir, Chorale, Women’s Choir “Cantilena” and Men’s Glee Club will be performed on February 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Winter Center.

Nearly 200 singers have been practicing for three hours a week since the start of the spring semester.

These choirs will perform songs by female composers. The female composers represented are Hildegard of Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, Lili Boulanger, Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel, Eleanor Daley, Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Chen Yi and Gwyneth Walker.

The concert features songs by female composers. (Allie Remis/Snapper)
The concert features songs by female composers. (Allie Remis/Snapper)

The concert will include spirituals from Alice Parker including “How Can I Keep from Singing.” The folk song “Goin’ to Boston” will be sung. Other songs featured includes Eleanor Daley’s “Hymn for St. Cecilia” and Emma Lou Diemer’s “Three Madrigals.” Not only are these songs composed by women, they also feature ideas of women’s rights. Strong women mentioned in the songs are Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.

Nikki Jeck, a member of the University Choir said that her favorite composition to sing is “Gartemlieder.” The German compilation includes a couple different movements. “The song itself is pretty but the words are hard to sing,” Jeck said.
Many different foreign languages are featured in concert. Jeck said the audience usually appreciates this, although the choir finds it difficult to sing. Jeck also explained that the choirs are mainly composed of people who have majors other than music. Anyone who feels like singing is allowed to join.

Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell, the Instructor of Choral Ensembles, will direct the concert. MU students will be allowed in the concert for free with MU ID presented at the ticket office or the door. Tickets for the public can be purchased online by visiting ArtsMU.com or by calling 717-871-7600. Tickets will also sold in person at the ticket office in the SMC or at the Ware Center. The doors will open one hour before the show for ticket sales. Tickets are subject to availability.