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posted Friday, February 24, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 08
Seattle Women's Chorus shines in Valentine's show
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Seattle Women's Chorus shines in Valentine's show

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Shot Through the Heart
Benaroya Hall
February 19


This past weekend, Seattle Women's Chorus performed in a sweet and sassy program they dubbed Shot Through the Heart due to its proximity to Valentine's Day and all the love songs on the set list. Though they could never have envisioned it when artistic director Dennis Coleman was creating the program and planning the fun selection of songs, the performances took place the weekend after the historic vote that legalized same-sex marriage in Washington state!

Prescience? Tea leaves? So, the whole concert turned into a celebration of and a rallying cry for same-sex marriage. Included in each performance were all-stars of the Legislature - Senator Ed Murray and Representative Jamie Pederson - who spoke movingly about gearing up for a possible fight in the near future, as both a referendum against the new law and an initiative to call 'marriage' a union of (only) one man and one woman are readying for signatures.

They also noted that the fight for same-sex marriage has been going on in the legislature for six years (as we gained incremental rights), though Ed Murray has been working on it personally for 17. They got huge ovations from the enthusiastic audiences.

Act One started off with 'I Know What I Want' by Susan Warner, which was a great way to emphasize that the character in the song knows who she loves, and that is it! Soloists Deirdre Pierson and Rachel Byrne were great. (The soloists were all so good, you'll see this again and again in this review.)

Next up was 'Love, Don't be a Stranger,' a new song by assistant artistic director Eric Lane Barnes, who often writes truly funny songs. This was no exception. With the chorus as backup, the great soloists were Clara Cook, Laura Szczes, Maureen Warren, and Jaime Walrod.

A highlight of the afternoon was a long song by David Brunner, 'All I Was Doing Was Breathing,' putting a poem by a woman named Mirabai (1498-1547) to song, and which included an exquisite young lady, Sarvani Eloheimo, dancing in Indian regalia, and a marvelous mezzo soprano, Sheila Houlahan.

Another great ELB song was performed by the small group Sensible Shoes. They filed out in bridesmaid's outfits, singing about how even though they were Lesbians, they wanted to support the bride. Then the bride came out and sang about how nice it all is, especially since it's her third marriage. Once the bridesmaids learn that, they sing about how it's not fair for her to abuse marriage that way when they can't even get married once, and stomp off.

The afternoon was punctuated with real love stories from chorus members. While the stories were told by people who may not actually have written them, they were clearly true and heartfelt. Many were about same-sex unions, but some dealt with straight relationships. Dennis Coleman said that the chorus wants to celebrate all kinds of unions (not just Gay ones). Silly interludes involved Cupid (Gretchen Savage), who took on a British accent and claimed that her female form had stayed that way for the last 100 years or so.

Several of the songs were dedicated to a specific person from someone in the chorus. One such dedication was from Jennifer Davis to her 90-year-old mother in the audience, who had flown in for the occasion from Southern California.

Act One was rounded out by a couple of ballads - 'Heart, We Will Forget Him' and 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' - and Irving Berlin's 'Cheek to Cheek.'

Act Two started off with another appropriate song about ending a love affair, 'So What?' It was an up-tempo song about how 'now that we're through, I'm going to be great' and acknowledged another common aspect of love.

Some love song standards followed: 'Embraceable You' and 'My Funny Valentine.' A Holly Near song called 'Simply Love' asked why it makes you uncomfortable just because she loves a woman. Another Sensible Shoes song was Lisa Koch's 'Back When We Had Sex,' which refers to another common issue, when long-time lovers kind of stop getting excited anymore.

ELB arranged a contemporary song, 'Candyman,' by Christina Aguilera, for a huge chorus to sing. 'Fields of Gold' by Sting was performed, and then 'Sing it Loud.' People in the audience were given permission - very unusual - to record this song for distribution on the internet, since the song is meant as a rallying song for same-sex marriage and the upcoming referendum campaign.

After well-deserved bows, the finale was the 'Shoop Shoop' song, capping off a suitably short program (sometimes the shows run well over two and a half hours!) with just the right mix of silliness and sweetness. Brava to all.

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