Sunday May 20, 2018 4:00pm - at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, One Middle Street, Brunswick, ME
Saturday May 19, 2018 7:30pm - at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook Street, Freeport, ME
Our 25th Anniversary Concert features newly commissioned song by Joan Szymko. The planning for this 25th anniversary concert coincided with the creation of the Justice Choir in the aftermath of the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. The brainchild of composer Abbie Betinis, the Justice Choir is a movement dedicated to furthering “social and environmental justice…by engaging communities in singing together.” The movement, which has a number of choir chapters nationwide, has produced the Justice Choir Songbook, which comprises new and repurposed songs for justice by diverse composers. Women in Harmony joins the movement by performing six songs from the Justice Choir Songbook in the “Songs of Resistance” concert. These include Resilience by Abbie Betinis and This is What Democracy Looks Like by Elizabeth Alexander. Numerous other civil rights songs are also on the program, among them The New Underground Railroad by Holly Near, Never Sit Down by Gwyneth Walker and Walk My Own Revolution by Sue Johnson, co-founder of the a cappella group Coco’s Lunch. More than 100 alumnae who have sung with Women in Harmony over the past 25 years will be invited to return and sing four pieces on the “Songs of Resistance” program with current chorus members on May 19. We hope that alumnae from far and near will join us in song for this celebratory event.