LOS ANGELES—The city’s premier women’s chorus, VOX Femina Los Angeles, presents Hearts of Courage, a celebration of Pride and tribute to the LGBTQ community, on Saturday, June 8th at 8 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School.
Rounding off LA’s Pride week 2019, and the night before the traditional Pride Parade, VOX’s final concert of their 2018-2019 season presents a celebration of songs that honor the progress that has been made on behalf of the LGBTQ community, as well as the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.
The concert will feature the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and a new commission by the award-winning transgender composer Mari Esabel Valverde.
Other repertoire will include diverse compositions such as “Wild Embers” by composer Melissa Dunphy with lyrics by poet Nikita Gill, paying homage to the “wild women” from which we are descended; frequent VOX collaborator Jocelyn Hagen’s composition “Someone Will Remember Us,” based on the Ancient Greek poetry of Sappho; and a commissioned arrangement celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by local musician Christina Wilson.
“We could not think of a better time to recommit ourselves as individuals and as an organization to our mission of creating a world that affirms the worth and dignity of every person,” says VOX executive director Rebecca Wink. “With everything going on around the country right now, it feels particularly important to stand shoulder to shoulder with our LGBTQ+ community and let them know that they are seen, they are celebrated, and they are loved.”
For tickets, please go to http://www.voxfemina.org/tickets
About Vox Femina Los Angeles
VOX Femina Los Angeles is a women’s ensemble dedicated to the performance of quality choral literature from a world perspective, with emphasis on music by women composers. Through music, VOX aims to create a world that affirms the worth and dignity of every person. The chorus was founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Dr. Iris S. Levine. VOX Femina first appeared on stage as guest artists with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and very quickly established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States, with a demonstrated ability to perform a highly eclectic repertoire. The ensemble actively fulfills its mission through an full schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach. VOX Femina has demonstrated its support and encouragement of living composers through the commissioning of more than 40 new works.
Dr. Iris S. Levine, Founder and Artistic Director, is nationally recognized for her excellence in choral conducting. Through her extensive experience with women’s choral literature, and innovative concert programming, Dr. Levine has charted VOX Femina on an impressive 22-year journey, building its prominence in the choral community by way of numerous appearances at ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and Chorus America conventions, and more than 200 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
For more information about VOX, please go to http://www.voxfemina.org/