May 1, 2019 (BOSTON, MA) – Boston Children’s Chorus’ 16th season closes with Lift Every Voice: Her Song on Saturday, May 18th at 7:00pm at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. This concert recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women who raised their voices and created great art to advance social causes.
Taking its name from the anthemic African American hymn, Lift Every Voice features works of women and African American composers alike. From Nina Simone's “I Wish I Knew” to “Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves” by the Eurythmics, the choirs present a program which highlights inspiring stories of women’s empowerment.
The centerpiece of this concert, Cecila MacDowell’s “Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo,” tells the extraordinary story of Nujeen Mustafa, a Kurdish teenager with cerebral palsy forced to flee from Syria as a refugee. The 20-minute work details the experience of a young woman displaced from her home and thrown into an inhospitable, brutal, and often inhumane world, following Nujeen through borders, over water, and finally to Germany. Featured is Iraqi/Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq of the Tufts Arab Music Ensemble.
Joining the Chorus is Boston Pops regular and American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle. “The singers of BCC are wonderful. I’m enamored by their rehearsal process and absolute professionalism. It’s a joy for me to sing with them and a reminder of my love for music,” she said. Melinda will perform with the choirs and sing hit songs from her albums.
“We are so excited for Melinda Doolittle to join forces with us and perform on the Boch Center stage. Melinda is such an artistic force and brings so much soul into her singing. Her infectious energy is an inspiration to our singers, and we look forward to collaborating with her,” said President and Artistic Director Dr. Anthony Trecek-King.
The concert concludes with Hosier’s “Nina Cried Power” and Audra Day’s “Rise Up” – moving anthems which encourage us to reexamine who holds power, and recognize the strength of unified voices in striving for a more equal society.
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