The world of choral music has been, and continues to be, dominated by male composers. Philadelphia’s premiere LGBTQ and Ally choir, Voices of Pride (VOP), put together a concert featuring pieces composed solely by women. As women composers have been consistently under-represented in choral programming, including VOP’s, it became clear it was time to host a concert centered on celebrating the music that women composers share with the world to cultivate change.
This spring, VOP presents Shattering the Glass: A Celebration of Women Composers. The concert showcases the versatility and depth of women composers’ talents. The repertoire will range from Carol Barnett’s arrangement of the Greek folk song “Dance of Zálongo” to modern pop standards such as Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”
VOP is very excited to perform “O Oriens” composed by Philadelphia-based, award-winning, composer Melissa Dunphy. Dunphy is an Australian native who has been based in Philadelphia area for several years. Her work has been acknowledged via Comedy Central, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Magazine, and The Rachel Maddow Show.
Audience members can also look forward to hearing Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide,” Ysaye Barnwell’s (of Sweet Honey in the Rock) “Wanting Memories,” Elizabeth Alexander’s “Where there is Light in the Soul,” Judy Collins’ “Who knows where the time goes,” and more.
Shattering the Glass: A Celebration of Women Composers
When: Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 19 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia
Tickets: $25 General Admission, purchase here. $10 Student Tickets can be purchased at the door.