The Feminine Tone is proud to present "Music Without Borders," the women's chorus's annual holiday concert, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the United Church of Ludlow at 48 Pleasant Street, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Hartland Unitarian Universalist Church at Hartland Four Corners.
"Music Without Borders" celebrates the healing, unifying power of music which so uniquely transcends all borders, language barriers, and ideological differences.
Led by artistic director Maricel Lucero of Springfield, VT, the chorus will honor Christmas through many musical traditions. These include the rousing "He Came Down" from Cameroon Africa, an exciting sextet arrangement of the French carol "Patapan," and three Latin pieces, one being a contemporary mass performed a cappella in both Latin and English. The Jewish tradition will shine through the joyful song, "Yism' chu Hashamayim" accompanied by piano, flute, and Latin American percussion.
A mixed set of contemporary and traditional pieces will honor the American Gospel tradition. The contemporary "Ain't I a Woman," featuring the warm alto voice of Jen Duhamel and accompanied by a bluesy piano, recalls the words and spirit of Sojourner Truth. The contemporary, spirited "Listen to the Angels Shouting" by Clifton Noble Jr. will complement traditional a cappella pieces such as "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," featuring soloist Maricel Lucero, and the upbeat "Elijah Rock."
Joining the Feminine Tone for "Music Without Borders" will be several celebrated area musicians. These are Charles Houmard on piano, Kathi Byam on flute, and Steve Ferraris on percussion.
The Feminine Tone has just returned from a humanitarian/cultural trip to Santiago de Cuba where the chorus participated in an international choral festival and donated over 1,500 lbs of much needed supplies of medicines, toiletries, and clothing to the Santiago church communities. The chorus is grateful to the community for the on-going support of its mission to help the Cuban people.
To attend "Music Without Borders," there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. The snow date for both concerts will be Tuesday, December 22.
For more information about our concert, call Sara at 484-5097 or visit www.femininetone.com.