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Brattleboro Women’s Chorus Mother’s Day Concert

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus is excited to announce their upcoming spring concert, “Better Days,” taking place on Mother’s Day, May 12th at 3:00 pm at the Latchis Theatre. This performance will showcase a repertoire of powerful and poignant songs by composers hailing from the African diaspora, and will feature Samirah Evans as guest soloist.

Directed by Becky Graber, who was inspired by the teachings and repertoire of esteemed musician Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (from Sweet Honey in the Rock) and the work of the Black Lives Matter Commissioning Project, the chorus aims to honor the rich cultural heritage and musical contributions of composers of African descent who may have been underrepresented or unnamed in traditional choral settings.

Music has the power to bridge cultures, foster understanding, and evoke deep emotions. Through this concert, the Chorus hopes to celebrate the talent and creativity of the brilliant composers who have created and crafted many of the songs it sings.

The program will feature a diverse selection of songs ranging from traditional spirituals arranged by Rollo Dilworth and Ysaye Barnwell, to contemporary compositions by Barnwell, Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Willson, Stevie Wonder, and Bobby McFerrin, each chosen for its ability to resonate with audiences and convey themes of resilience, hope, love, and unity.

The Chorus is collaborating with Samirah Evans as their featured soloist. Local musicians Cathy Martin, Steve Rice, Genevieve Rose, and Ron Smith will comprise the band that hopes to bring a range of beautiful music to life on the Latchis stage.

A grant from the Thompson Trust supported the concert rehearsals and this concert, allowing the chorus time to explore more deeply the context of the African-American experience and the roots of the music being sung.

The concert will take place at the Latchis Theatre on May 12th, 2024, at 3:00 pm. For more information about the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus or to purchase tickets, please visit Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the event. The cost is on a sliding scale of $15-$30, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with an uplifting concert experience that honors the vibrant and vital legacy of black composers.