OUR NEXT PERFORMANCE
Saturday, April 21, 2018: 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018: 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018: 5:00 pm
Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 senior/students
available at brownpapertickets.com,
by phone, 800-838-3006,
and at Boulder Body Wear, Arapahoe and 95th St.
(cash/check only at BBW, with no service charge)
Also available from singers and at the door.
Concert location: First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce St., Boulder
See below for important parking information.
Read about Deep Breath concert in the April 20 edition of the
Boulder Daily Camera.
Resonance Women’s Chorus’ spring concert, Deep Breath, is an invitation to fierce imagination, offering vibrant colors, thrilling musical gestures, hallucinatory sound-clouds, and revelatory moments of harmonic glory, ecstasy, and uplift.
"We say that Resonance Women’s Chorus sings ‘songs of social awareness.’ All of our concerts are variations on the theme of paying attention," said Resonance Artistic Director Sue Coffee. "We take a lot of time learning the music and living with it. ‘Themes’ are more accurately ‘season-long conversations.’ Our concerts swim in a mix of the personal and the political--and it turns out that most concerts about paying attention also turn out to be a lot about nature. I’m grateful to this particular concert for the way it has been talking to me. It’s been reminding me that imagination is at the heart of an empowered life.”
The finale of the concert will add the thrill of male choral sound to Resonance’s soprano/alto sound in a piece about the fiercest imagination of all. All of Us is about the power of love to embrace, transform, and lift up. Fifty tenors and basses will join us for a performance of Craig Hella Johnson’s All of Us. This is the finale of Johnson’s new full-length oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard, written almost twenty years after the murder of Matthew Shepard outside Laramie, Wyoming. The composer says All of Us is intended to be “a jubilant call to remember the inherent value and radiance in every living being…raising up the voices of all of us, with special attention given to those in our world who have been marginalized, mistreated or simply not seen…a vision for a huge tent…a vibrant declaration of love, celebration, and respect for all beings.”
We will be joined for this program by some of our favorite Boulder musicians: Christi Goettsche, banjo; Elle Wells, cello; Sandra Wong, violin; Alaunde Copley-Woods, flute; Amy Shelley, percussion; Stella Pradeau, piano; and sopranos Szilvia Schranz and Tricia Pine, and mezzo Anna Englander, in addition to our long-time accompanist Caitlin Strickland.
The program includes music by Boulder composer Bill Douglas, Libby Larsen, Joan Szymko, Jocelyn Hagen, Matthew Emery, Connor Koppin, the Wailin Jennys, and more, with settings of poetry by Mary Oliver, Muriel Rukeyser, Rabindranath Tagore, and Ursula Le Guin.
Parking at First United Methodist Church: The church parking lot is closed completely during construction of the new Attention Homes Apartments, residential living for homeless and runaway youths. The entrance to the private parking garage across the street is on the one-way 15th St., accessible from Pearl; this garage is not free on weekends. City parking garages are free on Saturday and Sunday. The nearest one is a block and a half away, on 15th just south of Pearl. Please plan to arrive early, as nearby parking can be difficult to find. Important note: The circle at the front door is open for drop-offs.
What do we mean by fierce imagination? An imagination that prompts to visualize alternatives to what is and that helps us slough off the inclination to stop at outrage or despair. It reminds us that we don’t know what will happen, and in that uncertainty lies room for imagination and its soul-partner, hope.
When ‘what if?’ is taken up collectively, it can be forged into a powerful tool with the potential to crack open the given world and provide previously unthinkable alternatives... —Bill Ayers, Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. —Ursula LeGuin
Cause and effect assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension. –Rebecca Solnit
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7:00 pm
Hope Lights the Night: A non-denominational program of remembrance to honor those who have died of suicide and those who are bereaved. This free program, organized by the HOPE Coalition and sponsored by many community partners, is open to all who have been touched by suicide in some way. Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr. in Boulder. For more information, see www.hopecoalitionboulder.org
Saturday, Nov. 11, 3:00 pm: SOLD OUT
An Afternoon with Holly Near
John Bucchino, piano
hosted by Resonance Women's Chorus
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2:00 pm
World AIDS Day Concert, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., produced by BCAP (Boulder County AIDS Project).
Sunday, March 11, 2017, 10:30 am
First United Methodist Church service; anniversary of open and affirming status.
Spring Concert: DEEP BREATH
Sat., April 21, 2018: 5:00 pm
Sun., April 22, 2018: 3:00 pm
Sat., April 28, 2018: 5:00 pm
See details at left.
Click here to read about our past performances.
Photo credit Jack Greene Photography