Perfect for International Women's Month performances!
Washington Women is a collection of musical settings of speeches, opinions, and interviews of sixteen remarkable women from all across the political spectrum and throughout U.S. history, from Abigail Adams to Kamala Harris. The composers took their words and set them to music with the hopes that performers and their audiences will learn more about these women and discover why they spoke those words when they did. Women featured include: Abigail Adams, Madeleine Albright, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Shirley Chisholm, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Betty Ford, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kamala Harris, Elena Kagan, Sandra Day O'Connor, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleeza Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Chase Smith.
“Washington Women: A Choral Cycle, scored for piano, cello, and mixed ensemble, is a collection of choral works by Judith Clurman and David Chase, performed by Essential Voices USA. It consists of excerpts of speeches and writings from sixteen important voices: first ladies, secretaries of state, senators, and supreme court justices. Some names are more recognizable than others––Condoleezza Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford––while others might not be: Margaret Chase Smith (the first woman to be elected to both the House of Representatives and Senate) or Shirley Chisholm (the first African American woman in Congress). Clurman and Chase wrote the pieces with both professional and amateur choruses in mind; the works are also accessible for high school choirs. Each piece has a poignant text and an individual character, heightened by the use of cello. The diction, so important for a work of this kind, is excellent and keeps the listener engaged. The cello is exquisite as it weaves in and out of the various textures. This recording is compelling and well worth listening to multiple times. Washington Women performed by Essential Voices USA premiered as an NPR Tiny Desk Concert on July 1, 2022, as a fitting tribute to these women...Take advantage of this tribute to important female leaders.” –Kiser/Choral Journal 2023
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