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posted Friday, October 20, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 42
SWC's Fired Up! concert an uplifting and invigorating evening with three more performances this weekend
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SWC's Fired Up! concert an uplifting and invigorating evening with three more performances this weekend

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS
FIRED UP!
ST. MARK'S CATHEDRAL
October 13 & 14 @ 8pm
October 20 @ 8pm
October 21 @ 2pm & 8pm


Seattle Women's Chorus' current show, Fired Up!, is playing for two weekends and this weekend some lucky audience members will see the 14-year-old talent Isolde Fair who composed a song to a Hillary Clinton speech that went viral when she was 13 years old. The Seattle Choruses website says, 'To All the Little Girls,' inspired by Hillary Clinton's concession speech, has become an empowering message that has resonated with listeners around the world. [Fair] has performed her song at Lincoln Center and has won numerous awards for both her violin playing and songwriting.'

The concert song list is full of messages of empowerment and essentially social justice. 'Quiet' by MILCK is about not being quiet ('I can't keep quiet no no no no'). Fired Up! is by Holly Near ('Children need schools more than they need jails, That's where our society fails'). A South African freedom song is entitled 'We Shall Not Give Up the Fight.'

A wonderful segment of the second act, just before you'll get to hear 'To All the Little Girls,' is a set of songs (including the South African freedom song) sung by Northwest Girlchoir. They have lasted 45 years and empowered and inspired thousands of girls and young women in our region. They report that over 250 girls and young women, grades 1-12, participate in the Choir. The oldest groups of the Choir, those in middle and high school, perform with the Women's Chorus.

Dozens of self-possessed and well-directed girls line the stage and sides of the auditorium and vigorously sing their set. They also participate in most of the rest of the songs in the second act. Dressed in long black dresses, they look similarly professional to their 'sparkly' clad women singer compatriots.

One of the Girlchoir members took the solo on 'To All the Little Girls' each night of the first weekend. It must be so exciting for them to be able to sing with the young composer, Isolde Fair, this weekend!

Soloists for the Women's Chorus, Katy Ardans, Tara Street, April Cook, and guest artist Beth Ann Bonnecroy, all sounded terrific. The Chorus is full of very talented singers!

The evening was uplifting and invigorating and included a recording of Maya Angelou speaking the words to her poem, 'Still I Rise,' and then followed by the song, 'Still I Rise,' by Rosephanye Powell, which is a rousing choral anthem that you can't help but clap to and feel energized by.

For more information, go to www.SeattleChoruses.org or call 206-388-1400.

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