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'A Place of Her Own'
womanSong 15th-anniversary concert
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Road
COST: Free. Donations of nonperishable food requested
INFO: www.womansongchorale.org or 304-744-4642
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Saturday's womanSong concert, "A Place of Her Own," will be a blend of old and new. The concert, celebrating the group's 15th anniversary, will feature songs the female choral group has performed before, as well as new material.
"I polled singers and asked them to tell me some of their favorites from the past 15 years," said Emily Capece, womanSong's artistic director for the past five years.
In addition to those works, the 29-member group will perform newly composed works. "This is a real girl-power concert in terms of composers and text. There are really nice pieces by female composers and poets."
Adding to that girl power, local poet/artist Colleen Anderson (who also designed the artwork for the concert flier) will read some of her works. Plus, former womanSong members will join the choir for the last quarter of the program.
"It's a nice one-act concert, not very long. There are some humorous pieces and some beautiful, heart-wrenching pieces," Capece said. "It's a nice evening sort of wrapping these 15 years up, seeing where the organization has come from."
The group was founded in 1997 by Joann Cordell, who was the artistic director for 10 years. It was born out of her time taking music classes at the University of Charleston. She asked department head Dr. Thomas Bookout if she could start a choir and he said she could, as long as she could come up with a dozen women.