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Divas & Desserts Gala
Tickets go on sale April 8th
Prices: $25 adult, $22 senior/student, $30 at the door
Assigned Seating -- season ticket holders have preferential seating prior to tickets going on sale to the public.
May 8 & May 9 @ 7:30PM, St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis
Our biggest party always sells out!
Join us for a musical journey down the Mississippi River, from the merging of cultures at Bdote, to the lively musical traditions of New Orleans, and many points in between. As always, the evening will feature silent and live auction festivities, the Twin Cities Women’s Choir, ENCORE!, our wonderful Divas & Desserts band, and an array of beautiful desserts!
Winter Collaboration Concert w/ Saakumu Dance Troupe
General Admisssion Seating
February 14 @ 4PM, Central Presbyterian, St Paul Parking and Directions
Grant support provided by:
Back in St Paul!
The Twin Cities Women’s Choir welcomes the world-renowned traditional/contemporary dance and music troupe Saakumu from Ghana, West Africa to share the stage for a lively merging of cultures. Led by master musician, Bernard Woma, Saakumu’s repertoire includes a range of spiritual, ceremonial and recreational genres as well as contemporary African dance forms. Their performances are joyful, expressive, and highly participatory. In collaboration with Saakumu, the Twin Cities Women’s Choir will present a varied repertoire focusing on the traditional use of music and dance in Africa and America as a means of teaching the values and ethics of a community.
The Twin Cities Women’s Choir will debut “The New Moon” by Christina Brice Dolanc, winner of the 2014 Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer competition, at its first major concert of the season, the annual “Illuminations: The Return of Light to Our Lives.”
Christina Brice Dolanc is a composer/arranger in western Pennsylvania. She has a BM and MM in violin performance, currently plays in several area symphonies, and teaches a full private violin lesson studio. She also is the first violinist and coordinator of The Dolanc String Quartet, which plays professionally in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay area.
Over the last 15 years, Christina has performed and recorded background strings for mainstream Indie Rock bands, worked as a professional music transcriber for Bay area theater companies, and arranged and composed a collection of over 100 works for string quartet. Since 2012, she has turned her composition focus to choral works inspired by her involvement in a choral group based in Davis, CA [The Vocal Art Ensemble (VAE)], 2008-present, and her choral singing training as an undergraduate at Missouri State University with Dr. Guy Webb, 1994-1999.
Her choral compositions have already been greeted with great success, as a “Recommended Work” for the C7 Prize (Canada), and semi-finalist for The American Prize 2014. Two of her compositions have been premiered by VAE in both northern California and the UK, and a commissioned work was premiered by the Lincoln High School Chamber Choir in Stockton, CA, in October, 2014. Her work has been called neo-Impressionistic, starry, and emotionally evoking. One recent review of a performance of her work by the Sacramento Master Singers, called the piece “a sophisticated composition worth consideration by any mixed choir in America (or beyond)”. Christina and her husband, also a musician (cellist in The Dolanc String Quartet and vocalist in VAE), reside in Erie, PA, and have two daughters, age 10 and 2.
"I cannot fully express how excited and honored I am to have my piece, The New Moon, selected for premiere as the 2014 Mary Bussman Emerging Female Choral Composer Competition winner. My passion for composing choral works is great and this particular work is attached to deep emotions that we all share in life as women. There are those times where we might feel by the end of the day that we have been beaten by certain stresses in life, either big or small. On those difficult days it is so helpful if our eyes might happen to catch a simple glimpse of happiness that can bring into light again the positive aspects of our lives. That one significant moment can sometimes offer a feeling of peace to help restore our strength to face the next day. The New Moon was written just for the Twin Cities Women's Choir and I must admit that I carried all of you in my heart as I composed this piece. I wish for you all to find the same solace and comfort in performing the piece as I did writing it and I am so looking forward to hearing the premiere." —Christina Brice Dolanc
The annual Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer competition was developed to support the mission of the choir to "sing, perform and affirm the voices of women," and along with other compositions commissioned through special funds, contribute to an ever-growing body of choral work for women’s choirs.
We are shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Kim Stevenson. Since joining the Twin Cities Women's Choir five years ago, Kim has been a bright spot in our community with her talent and her spirit. Many women have remarked how welcome Kim made them feel when they joined the choir. She generously shared her passionate enthusiasm for music, kids, scooters, the Lynx, and the Twin Cities with all of us. We already miss her terribly. We offer our condolences to her friends and family, and we honor her memory with song.
As a member of our community, Kim was a sister to us, so we share "Sister My Sister" in our remembrance of her. Have a listen.
This ENCORE! performance of "Freeway of Love" features Kim at her best, belting out an awesome solo on a fun classic.