This Sunday, Richmond Women’s Chorus Presents “Hot, Hot, Hot!” At The Singleton Center
Kick off the season with a selection of “Hot” hits sung by Monument City Music’s Richmond Women’s Chorus (RWC). The ladies will be heating up the summer with their performance of “Hot, Hot, Hot!” at the Singleton Center for Performing Arts on Sunday May 18th.
This year marks the RWC’s fifth season with Monument City Music, an organization dedicated to the promotion of choral arts in the community. Unlike the group’s holiday performances, “Hot, Hot, Hot!” will showcase exciting musical blends that break away from traditional performances.
Directed by Darryl Waller, the show will be divided into two parts. The first section will be a blend of music that will include Celtic and spiritual elements. The second half will pick up the tempo with a selection of popular hits, including “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” and “Steam Heat”–music that is sure to get your foot tapping along to the beat.
Waller has directed the Women’s Chorus for the past two years, but his impressive resume does not stop at working with the RWC. “He’s amazing, absolutely amazing,” said Daurice Bowlel, a member of the chorus. “His choruses have sung in the White House for multiple presidents. He’s won an Emmy; we’re very fortunate to have him.”
Bowlel has been singing with the chorus since its formation five years ago. While she has never had formal training, she has always been musically inclined. Her time with the group has provided her with a once in a lifetime opportunity. “I am just someone who loves to sing, so I would have never had this chance otherwise. There really is no other venue like it,” said Bowlel.
One of these unique opportunities was the collaboration between the RWC and the VCU women’s choir this past April. Performing together, the two groups paired up to put on a choral performance for the community. This Sunday’s performance will be no different. The audience can expect to have a really good time. “It will be music that they are familiar with, and new music that will become music that they want to hear again. There’s something for everybody in our concerts,” said Bowlel.
Timothy Gillham, founder and Artistic Director of the Women’s Choir, will also be in attendance at the performance on Sunday. He will be receiving an accommodation for being a member of the Gala Chorus for the past five years.
The show begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday,at the W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at VCU, 922 Park Avenue, Richmond. Make sure to check out Monument City Music for more information. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.
The beauty of this production is that this new resonance is allowed to develop on its own without drawing attention to itself.September 23, 2016
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