Richmond Women’s Chorus Teams Up With VCU For April 12th Performance
Appreciation for sound not only comes from instruments, but also from the sweet range of our own voices. On Saturday, April 12, Richmond Women’s Choir (RWC) and VCU’s Women’s Choir will be holding a choir concert, where you will be able to experience the kind of music you do not get to hear in your everyday life, unless you spend your time in chorus practice.
RWC is a part of Monument City Music, an organization dedicated to supporting choral arts in the Richmond community. RWC is currently in its fifth season, and have performed in places such as the Equality Virginia Dinner, Virginia Pride, and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.
VCU’s Women’s Choir is a select ensemble made of VCU female students with previous choral experience. The choir has performed in various places such as Pine Street Baptist Church and River Road Baptist Church, as well as premiering “Some New Threads for Eleanor & Jude” in spring 2010.
The two organizations have been working together to put together a concert for various reasons. “The RWC wanted to do some more community outreach, so this was a direction that we wanted to move in, so we were doing that. And I reached out to VCU women’s chorus, so we can join forces with them. So it’s a win-win situation, my group gets to do community outreach, and VCU women’s chorus gets to know that there are other groups beyond the college scene that they can get involved in once they graduate from school,” said Darryl Waller, conductor of RWC, adding that it is an educational experience for both groups, “There’s so much that we’re learning from the younger students and they’re learning from the older students, so I think that’s a big piece of it.”
The two organizations will be performing separate pieces, as well as come together at the end to perform two pieces together. “The two pieces we are doing with the RWC are emotionally driven, so I’m really eager to see the final product of where they end,” said Emma Polich, soprano section leader for Women’s Choir at VCU. She added her excitement about the concert, saying, “there is nothing like the feeling that happens on stage, or during a performance, that is a sense of accomplishment and that you [as an ensemble] have just created something very special.”
The first piece they will be performing together, “City of Heaven” by Paul Carey, is a spiritual song. Polich described it as a song that describes “how a woman is craving to end in heaven even though she feels like she has been pushed down by life and doesn’t have a chance. She is tired of her struggles and just wishes for peace.”
The second piece, called “Ain’t no grave can hold my body down,” is another spiritual song by Paul Carey; however, this piece is a bit more upbeat, changing the mood of the concert. “It’s dynamically and vocally dramatic with an amazing piano accompaniment that the audience will love!” Polich said.
Waller also added that he was excited about this piece, saying that “it’s got some really difficult rhythms and some high emotions to it and it’s just a very fun piece. I’m excited to have the women perform it together.” Becky Tyree, the Director of Choral Activities at VCU, will be conducting this piece, as well as the other pieces.
Through out the show, RCW hopes to reveal how beneficial the arts can be to the Richmond community and its arts organizations. “There’s a continued arts awareness within Richmond, and I think we can go beyond that in order to increase the visibility of the RWC and the VCU Women’s Chorus,” said Waller.
The Richmond Women’s Chorus and Virginia Commonwealth University Women’s Choir Community Concert will be held on Saturday, April 12, starting at 7:30pm, in the sanctuary of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 520 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
I’m Jessica, an intern at RVAMag and GayRVA. I am studying elementary education at Virginia Commonwealth University and I love to write about almost anything, especially if it involves kids, the environment, or music. I moved to Richmond from South Korea six years ago and have been living here since. When I’m not interning, I like to read, rock climb, hike, and come up with healthier ways to eat ramen.
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