Women's Chorus Concert a fun tour of Lesbian Seattle
by Marian Michener -
SGN Contributing Writer
The Seattle Women's Chorus concert at Meany opened with a medley of Christmas songs played by the Rainbow City Band. The band was crisp and energetic. The blend of their holiday concert with the Women's Chorus made a good combination. The chorus was well-tuned and resonant. Members of the band have been invited to play at the presidential inauguration along with other participants in the national Gay marching band organization.
The chorus sang David Maddux's "Neighborhood," which had been commissioned for them. The song features several Seattle neighborhoods and the Lesbians who live there. It had quotes from Scott Warrender, Lori Surrency, Eric Lane Barnes and Brenda David. The lyrics were funny and satirical.
Warrender's "I Got a Fluffy Sweater," was also entertaining. The chorus interpreted his image to the extreme with a fashion show. Warrender's "Block by Block" and "A Very Good Thing," salutes to Capitol Hill and Ballard, were apt depictions. Lori Surrency's "Center of the Universe" was delightful. "Matunda Ya Kwanzaa," David Maddux's Central District carol, changed pace nicely. Eric Barnes and Brenda David's "West Seattle Ho" made us laugh.
The Sensible Shoes performed "Sipping in Seattle's Latte Land" with verve. Joan Szymko's "Hodie" was wonderfully multilayered. The chorus singing the combination of "Lo, How A Rose Ever Blooming" and "The Rose" was effective. Michelle Phillips' solo in "Duerme Negrito" was lush.
Captain Smartypants brought Barnes' "Boogie Woogie Hanukkah" as a Mercer Island carol. The swing dance satire of Hanukkah music made us roar. I recommend a trip to Youtube to see it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgaOdiDK7hA).
It was satisfying to watch how much joy the women in the huge chorus take in their musicality. They have grown beautifully.