The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus presents their annual spring concert “Sing, My Sister” on Mother’s Day, May 14 at 4:00 pm at the Latchis Theatre. Under the direction of founder/conductor Becky Graber, ninety local women sing uplifting songs about perseverance, courage, hope, and the power of singing. They will be joined by five exceptional local musicians: Cathy Martin on piano; Julian Gerstin, Lisa Newell, and Ben James on percussion; and Lisa McCormick on guitar and banjo as well as with her ukulele orchestra.
Two songs on the program were arranged by Debbie Nordeen, the director of Womansong from Asheville, NC. One is “Sing, My Sister,” which was created by British singer Annie Lennox to raise awareness of and funds to help women and children in Africa with AIDS. The other is “I Come From Women” by Amy Carol Webb, which celebrates our female ancestry.
Two other songs were crafted by strong African-American women. “I Am Determined” is from Ysaye Barnwell, and “One Foot in Front of the Other” is by Melanie Demore. Other pieces include “Dig Down Deep” by Libby Roderick; “From Way Up Here” by Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger; and two by Australian composer Lisa Young, “Unity” and “Thulele Mama Ye” which feature the percussion section.
The ukulele orchestra joins in on Graber’s arrangement of Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as well as the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Albert Brumley’s “I’ll Fly Away.”
Tickets are $12 adult, $20 generous, $10 student and senior and are available at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door. For information visit the chorus’s new website at BrattleboroWomensChorus.org or call 802-254-8994.