First Church Congregation UCC, 301 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Women in Harmony will present The Right to Vote, a concert commemorating the centennial of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This program will feature actual historical songs from the suffrage era, such as March of the Women by Ethyl Smith, The League of Women Voters by Mrs. D. P. Owens, and Suffrage Song by Eleanor Smith. The concert also includes two contemporary accounts of women of the time: Emma and May by Linda Allen tells the story in music of two women with contrasting personalities who played an important role in the suffrage movement in Washington, Emma Smith DeVoe and May Arkwright Hutton. As the title suggests, Nana Was a Suffragette by Jules Gibb tells the story of an elderly surviving suffragette from the point of view of one British family. This portion of the program wraps up fittingly with Never Sit Down by Gwyneth Walker, a celebration of heroic women from the past who worked for women’s rights, including the suffragists.
In addition to celebrating women’s suffrage, our program also addresses voting rights and the importance of voting with songs such as the delightful My Vote, My Voice, My Right by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Hartley. Women in Harmony accompanist Deana Gurney’s arrangement of Vote ‘Em Out by Willie Nelson incorporates the gospel song Change this Land by Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
We will also feature a set of songs from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and1960s that were connected with the struggle for civil rights, including the protests in the 1960s against the disenfranchisement of African-Americans through widespread violence and racist policies. These songs include People Get Ready by Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come, the traditional spiritual Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, Amazing Grace, and We Shall Overcome. Finally, this program will encourage our audience to get out and vote, offering voter registration at the concert.
Tickets for the 2019-2020 Season
Available at the door (credit cards accepted), or in advance at a discounted price though a Women in Harmony member or at the following retail locations for cash or check only:
Mill creek Plaza
50 Market Street
1 Monument Way
500 Forest Avenue
Tickets are available online 30 days prior to show
$20 general admission
$15 advance purchase
$13 seniors/students (Online: $15)
Under 18 – free