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posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 41
Seattle Women's Chorus presents magnificent We Are Family
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Seattle Women's Chorus presents magnificent We Are Family

by Rev. Barbara Allen - SGN Contributing Writer

We Are Family
October 16-17
Benaroya Hall


The Seattle Women's Chorus' production of We Are Family evolves beyond entertainment while touching the mind, heart, and soul. The sneak preview on October 3 at Mt. Vernon's McIntyre Hall reminded everyone that the bottom line for a happy, healthy family is that all families share one vital ingredient: Love. Please attend Seattle's only two performances on October 16 and 17 at Benaroya Hall!

Rhonda Juliano, SWC's assistant conductor, summarized her experience working on the production: 'There is a special poignancy to this concert's overall message. Songs like South Pacific's 'You've Got to Be Carefully Taught' and 'Children Will Listen' from Into the Woods speak to the education children receive from their environment and their parents. Prejudice is learned, and kids pick up on things. I came out when my kids were 5, 6, and 9. They loved me and they didn't care. They supported me because I was honest about it. Kids love innately, they love who takes care of them, and that's an important message. & Issues don't have sides; they have people with viewpoints, which in this production are humanized, not polarized. & I think it's important to show that the bigotry of labeling is dehumanizing and that humanity is shown through the common bond of living constructively with one another. Far too often this is overlooked and there is suffering because people neglect their fellow man and imprison the human condition of others with name-calling. We all know our differences, but the ability to move beyond them is the turning point for working against one another or working with one another. It just depends on the world we want and the world we wish to leave as our legacy.'

Featured in SWC's production are parts of Rosie O'Donnell's heartwarming HBO documentary film A Family Is a Family Is a Family, which humorously features children's own thoughts and words. Additional songs include Broadway selections by Sondheim and Rodgers & Hammerstein, original compositions, ballads by Holly Near, 'Everything Possible,' and upbeat pop numbers like 'We Are Family.' You won't want to miss the lyrics of 'Pride's Child': 'Momma was a Lesbian and daddy was a dyke,' which touched me because my first grandchild has two mommies and thrives within their love. And then there are the rearranged lyrics to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood in 'Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?' and Khalil Gibran's lyrics, performed by Sensible Shoes, for 'On Children.'

Rhonda Juliano concluded, 'This concert speaks to the core of our mission that through music we will bring acceptance and healing. The words are heartfelt; the message is close to home.'

With or without your own family in tow, it'll be a great time. Tickets are two for the price of one at any level ($20, $30, $40, and $50) when you call the box office at (206) 388-1400 Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and use the password 'Rosie.' In addition, through our Youth Ticket Program, all children in your family under the age of 21 can receive a complimentary ticket to attend the concert with you.

The mission of the Seattle Women's Chorus - and its brother organization, the Seattle Men's Chorus - is to entertain, enlighten, unify, and heal their audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of Gay and straight people and their relationships.

Their vision: A world that accepts and values its Gay and Lesbian citizens.

With the production of We Are Family, SWC's mission and vision are clear, magnificent, and inspiring.

The audience is left with these closing thoughts from the Chorus:

'It was our great pleasure to be with you.

'As happens whenever a family gathers, we've shared laughter, shed tears, and just maybe learned something new, either about ourselves or each other. & Meeting some of you in the lobby and hearing your stories reminded me that there is a change of heart every time we sing, and that we need to continue to be a voice for those who can't find theirs.

'What did you learn? Did you meet a new family? Did you see your neighbor in a new light? And, just as important as what you learned, what will you do with it after you go through those doors? What example will you set for a child? Whose heart will you change?

'What are you willing to do?'

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