What a wonderful year this has been! The 24th season of the Women’s HOPE Chorale was marked by world premieres and old favorites, and by music spanning the genres of classical, jazz, folk, spirituals, and even rap.
We started by singing two contrasting masses in the beautiful First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood: Mårten Jansson’s Swedish folk music-influenced Missa Popularis, accompanied by the Rosewood Ensemble, and Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, infused with driving rhythms, jazz lullabies, and blues riffs, in partnership with the Adam Maness Jazz Trio.
Then we moved to Third Baptist Church for a concert focused on the healing power of music. We sang of music’s eloquence and love, its ability to praise, celebrate, and encourage, to express the divine and ineffable. We had a blast putting together not one but two collaborations with musical powerhouses in the St. Louis community, singing in collaboration with local singer-songwriter Jane Godfrey and with the singers and musicians of LIFE Arts Inc.
Finally, we offered a trip around the world for our April concert at St. Francis Xavier College Church, singing music from Japan, Norway, Spain, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Chile, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Korea, Portugal, and France—and all in just over an hour! We were delighted to feature many of the talented soloists within the Women’s HOPE Chorale, and most exciting of all, to offer the world premiere of La Vida es Bella, a piece we commissioned from composer Darwin Aquino. You can read Darwin’s composer’s note here.
All in all, it was a fabulous year full of joy, laughter, and song. We’re on our summer hiatus from rehearsals now, but busily making plans for our very exciting 25th anniversary season. Stay tuned on this blog for a look ahead to Season 25 and announcements about auditions, upcoming in August 2019.