Season passes are now on sale!
Each season pass purchased enables you to reserve one ticket to each of our three concerts this season (Illuminations, Our Fare Ladies, and Divas & Desserts) at the reduced rate of $60.
Season passes allow you first pick of your preferred date for Illuminations. For Divas & Desserts, season passholders get first pick of dates, will have early access to assigned seating, and will be allowed to reserve up to two full tables (18 total tickets) per night.
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Illuminations: Journey Into Light
Saturday, November 21, 1pm & 3pm
Mayflower Church, Minneapolis
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2pm, with reception to follow
Calvary Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Tickets: Advance $18, Door $20
This year’s Illuminations concert focuses on the journey from darkness to light through a very personal lens. Our musical selections highlight an internal spiritual journey, literally through the seasons, and metaphorically through struggle to peace and through sickness to health.
We will present the winning entry for our Emerging Female Composer contest, chiaroscuro, which sets text taken from Tilda Swinton’s acceptance speech for the Rothko Chapel. This piece explores the darkness and light we carry within, and the balance of these opposing forces in shaping our perspective. Also on this concert is Stephen Hatfield’s arrangement of Ödi Ödi, a folk song of the Tamil people of southern Asia. The translation of this piece is, “Millions of people run and run, constantly seeking, looking for the light that is within them.” And we will end with Brian Tate’s arrangement of Gate Gate, a setting of the Buddhist Heart sutra. Gate means “gone,” gone from suffering to liberation, from forgetfulness to mindfulness, gone to the other shore.
Our Fare Ladies
A musical feast in courses celebrating female composers and chefs.
Saturday, February 6, 3pm
Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Saint Paul
Tickets: Advance $20, Door $22
We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to musical and culinary talent in our own backyard. In our February concert, we will highlight the wonderful contributions of female chefs in the twin cities, paired with music by female composers from the region.
We begin the meal with the well-known favorite Food, Glorius Food, and continue through other courses with Punching the Dough (about the rigors of cooking on the open prairie), Banquet Fugue (set in true Baroque style), Mashed Potato Love Poem (which highlights the composer’s affinity for the dish!) and ending with a dessert of Bittersweet Tango. Between these humorous courses, we will have aural palate cleansers of local composers Jocelyn Hagen, Carol Barnett, Libby Larson, Joan Griffith, Randi Rexroth, and Jeannie Brindley-Barnett.
Divas & Desserts Gala Fundraiser: Movie Music
Featuring silent and live auctions.
Friday, May 6, doors for silent auction at 6:30, concert at 7:30
Saturday, May 7, doors for silent auction at 6:30, concert at 7:30
St. Mary's Lake Calhoun Event Center, Minneapolis
Tickets: Advance $25, Door $30
Do you have a favorite song from a movie? Come to Divas & Desserts to see if it's one of our favorites too! The repertoire for this year’s gala is chosen 100% from music made famous in movie soundtracks.
The Twin Cities Women's Choir is excited to host our first-ever Singathon fundraiser!
What's a Singathon?
On October 24, our own singers and guests will perform all day long, 30 minutes at a time, to support us in empowering women's and girls' voices. Lineup TBA. We'll livestream the action from RiverRock Studios in Minneapolis. Anyone can watch online. We're asking our singers, staff, and board to ask their own networks to support their participation in TCWC with a donation.
How can you join in?
1. On Saturday, October 24, you can tune in at www.singathon.org and watch the broadcast! (You do not have to donate to be able to watch.)
2. You can donate starting right now at www.singathon.org.
Our goal is to raise $12,000. That supports 10 TCWC singers for one full season. The Twin Cities Women's Choir does not require dues, and we are committed to keeping this experience accessible to all women, regardless of financial means. Funds raised will also go to support the Twin Cities Girls Chorus.
- $1200 sponsors a full season of singing with the Twin Cities Women's Choir for one woman.
- $750 sponsors a full season of singing with the Twin Cities Girls Chorus for one girl.
- $250 provides ASL interpretation for one concert, so we can be accessible to our audience as well.
- $65 sponsors concert performance attire for one girl in the Twin Cities Girls Chorus.
- $35 sponsors two sliding-scale tickets for the Twin Cities Women's Choir's Illuminations concerts.
- $15 sponsors fall retreat participation for one girl in the Twin Cities Girls Chorus.
The Twin Cities Women’s Choir is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer competition. Sarah Grace Graves, who began her formal composition studies at Rice University in 2014, is already making a name for herself in the music world. TCWC will debut her original composition, chiaroscuro, at its first major concert of the 2015-2016 season: the annual “Illuminations” celebration.
Sarah Grace, who grew up in a military family and now lives in Texas, describes herself as a singer who draws inspiration for her compositions from the unique versatility and beauty of the human voice. Her choral work to date includes Though I Walk through the Valley (2012), silent night (2015), and chiaroscuro (2015). Earlier this year, the Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach division, HGOco, commissioned Sarah Grace to write Change Came into Our Houses, a piece that set to music personal quotes from civil rights activist Unita Blackwell. The piece premiered in Houston April 2015. She does not, however compose exclusively for vocal groups. In 2014 Sarah Grace published To God and to the Lamb, a string duet. As a vocalist, she studies with Karol Bennett and sings in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir in Houston.
In response to the Emerging Female Composer award, Sarah Grace wrote the following:
I am deeply honored to be chosen as this year’s Mary Bussman Composition Contest winner…. My piece, chiaroscuro … relates to the darkness and light in art and in ourselves. The power of art—including music—to speak, heal, and inspire, is in its inclination to force us to reconcile the poles of our being. The title… refers to the technique of painting in which darkness and light are placed side by side in dramatic contrast… to give three-dimensional… wholeness to a two-dimensional subject. When we humans affirm our inner darkness and light, we too become whole. I would like to thank…the Twin Cities Women’s Choir for bringing my song to life. I eagerly look forward to the premiere.
The annual Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer competition supports the choir's mission to "sing, perform and affirm the voices of women." Along with other compositions commissioned through special funds, this award contributes to an ever-growing body of choral work for women’s choirs.
Photo credit: Eric Snoza, SnoStudios Photography
The Events, by Scottish dramatist David Greig, was written as a response to the shooting attack on a youth camp in Norway in 2011 that took 77 lives. It seeks to explore how the community searches for compassion, forgiveness, peace and understanding in the wake of an unspeakable act. The play sets the anguish and pain of a survivor of a mass shooting against the consoling presence of a choir.
A different community choir sings at each performance. ENCORE! is singing in the final preview and on opening night. In addition to singing throughout the 90-minute play, ENCORE! will present one of its own arrangements before the show begins.
Tickets can be purchased through The Guthrie's website. Mention "CHOIRS" at the box office and get 50% off your ticket.
Press for The Events
From the St Paul Pioneer Press: "The congregation will be played during the Guthrie run by several different choirs -- on opening night, it was an ensemble of 20 or so from the Twin Cities Women's Choir -- who sing half a dozen songs and play supporting roles in the proceedings…. About that choir, though. They're lovely and the women dive gamely into their roles as foils for the two leads.… [T]hroughout the show, the choir on stage functions as a tangible reminder that, although human beings are capable of violent and inexplicable behavior, we can also come together to create beauty and peace."
From Classical MPR: "The presence of these members of our community (at the Friday night performance I saw, the participants were the Encore ensemble of the Twin Cities Women's Choir) on stage is a constant reminder that the victims of these atrocities are ordinary, unsuspecting people. They could be any of us, or our loved ones. The music, composed by John Browne and overseen by musical director Joe Bunker, ranges widely—as the repertoire of any community choir might—from hymns to a jaunty Norwegian coffee song. The singing serves as both source music (that is, music that's part of the story) and score, providing an emotional undercurrent to playwright Greig's kaleidoscopic look at an act of unspeakable violence."
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "We are met on a bare stage set with risers, a table with coffee and teapots and cups, a piano. The choir greets us with a smiling rendition of the song 'There’ll Be a Change in Me.'" (That was ENCORE!) Further: "The choir periodically participates with the actors, reading lines from their scripts — a guileless community theater convention that breaks down the wall between stage and audience, and feels very downtown hip. It’s a lovely, earnest combination."
From the City Pages: "During its run, the play will be filled with a rotating cast of guest choirs, which do more than act as a Greek chorus, commenting on the action. On opening night, it was Encore, a small ensemble of the Twin Cities Women's Choir, providing a pure emotional uplift amid the spiritual horrors."
Our fall open rehearsals are coming up on the first two Wednesdays in September: September 2, 2015 and September 9, 2015.
Find out everything you need to know about open rehearsal (including how to RSVP), plus a little about our season and what participation in TCWC entails.