A Voice of Her Own

PHOTOS

A Voice of Her Own was a resounding success! On March 20th at The Brick Presbyterian Church, Voices of Ascension celebrated a thousand years of choral and vocal masterpieces by great women composers. The concert was featured in The New Yorker’s “Goings About Town” and review by Concertonet (click here to read these press features).

From the haunting twelfth century chants of Hildegard of Bingen to the world premier of Infinite Light, a new work by contemporary master Bora Yoon, Music Director Dennis Keene selected the most captivating works of women artists through the ages.

Though often unsung and sometimes forced to remain in disguise behind male protectors, these inspired women creators received their rightful place in the spotlight at this groundbreaking Voices of Ascension concert.

Featuring European masters like Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, and Ethel Smyth to American greats like Amy Beach, Florence Price, and Jocelyn Hagen, this performance was also the New York premiere of works from Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, and Imogen Holst.

A Voice of Her Own took us on a musical journey across the centuries through the genius of these extraordinary women.  The selected works ranged from the deeply personal and mystical to sacred services of inspirational beauty and secular songs of depth and passion.

VIDEO

Hymne au Soleil


by LILI BOULANGER

Gondoliera (from Drei Gemischte Chöre)
Vorwärts (from Drei Gemischte Chöre)

by CLARA SCHUMANN

Praise the Lord


by FLORENCE B. PRICE

Benedictus
(FROM AMASS)
In My Soul
(from amass)

BY JOCELYN HAGEN

Benedictus
(from Mass in D)

by ETHEL SMYTH

Light Will Someday Split You Open (FROM INFINITE LIGHT)

by BORA YOON

Song Without Words, Lockung
(from Gartenlieder)

by FANNY MENDELSSOHN HENSEL

Let This Mind Be in You

by MRS. H.H.A. BEACH (AMY BEACH)

Vielle prière bouddhique,
Sous Bois,
Psaume 24

by LILI BOULANGER

PRESS

 
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REVIEW BY HARRY ROLNICK

“This concert had not only stellar performances (one expects nothing less from this iconic NY choral group), but greatness.“

On Infinite Light, commissioned by Voices of Ascension

“[Bora Yoon's] work–for electronic sounds and the full Voices of Ascension–was hardly modest. Her texts were from the resplendent Sufi poetry of Hafiz and Rumi, and her choruses were equally resplendent. The music was full, emotional, powerful, the voices of thunderous air and other natural sounds, complementing these most emotional creations...one could hear this work not as Persian poetry, but a complement to the full equinox moon floating over the church.“

Broadway Classics Singalong Photos & Video

Check out photos and a short video from the event Broadway Classics Singalong on November 18, 2018!

Due to popular demand, we will be holding our second singalong on February 11, 2019! Join us for an evening of love ballads, wine, and cheese. Led by G. Jan Jones, we hope you will join us in song as well as meet & mingle with other VoA patrons.

This event is FREE but spots are limited, so please RESERVE your spot if you would like to attend.

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