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Mark Zwilling Artistic Director DWC
Mark Zwilling – Artistic Director Alison Dozier – Assistant Artistic Director & Director of Take Note! Beth DeBoer - Principal Accompanist Sarah Blizzard - Take Note! Pianist
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May, 2018 - A letter from the Artistic Director Greetings, Denver Women’s Chorus fans!
Mark Zwilling, Artistic Director
Have you come prepared to have a deja vu experience? Some of the songs you will hear during “When I Grow Up” will bring back memories. We hope you will be taken back to a time when time was infinite and the world was your apple (or so you thought).
Mark’s educational and professional background is extensive, and he has served as artistic director for the women’s chorus for 16 years. Mark also served as artistic director for Out Loud: the Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus for 5 years. Currently, he is the Director of Music and The Arts at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch. St. Andrew has more than 450 active music participants in a graded music program. Mark is an active performer and maintains a private studio in organ, voice and piano.
This concert was designed specially to not only bring back memories, but to remind us that we have much to learn from today’s youth. We think it highlights a message of hope and unity that young and old alike need in this world. In celebration of youth and the little kid in all of us, the Summit Singers of the Denver Children’s Choir (formally the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir) will be joining us, uniting the Denver Women’s Chorus with them for the first time in our history. The Denver Children’s Choir has been around 22 years providing the Denver area with top-notch musical programing. A special thank you to Kali and Julie who have been an artistic dream to work with as we embarked on this journey. Please see their upcoming concert promo in this very program (see p29)! We also are doubly blessed and excited to have Soar! Youth and Adult Choir joining us on Saturday evening. Emily Martin, Artistic Director, brings a wide range of experience to a group that has fun and makes fantastic music. The SOAR! Choir is committed to having a meal together before their rehearsals, which not only provides sustenance but also builds on the close-knit community that they have become. They have an incredible show coming up as well, we hope you will take a look at their promo in this program as well (see p28). The Denver Women’s Chorus will celebrate 35 years as a chorus next year! The chorus continues to thrive, grow and raise the bar through artistic and community involvement. This concert will be no exception, and we hope you agree after hearing it! The Denver Women’s Chorus has much to be proud of for the 2017-2018 year: • • • • • • • •
Performed alongside the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus at the special Mile Hi Church event featuring Janet Mock, regarded as one of America’s most visible and influential trans women of color. Joining Women of Denver for their Quarterly Networking Party, the start of a new partnership for us! Performing at the One Voice Benefit Concert dedicated to ending sexual assault Performing in “The Whole Aca-Lada” a cappella festival hosted by the Arvada Chorale, featuring Face Vocal Band! Singing the National Anthem to kick off Jodi’s Race for Awareness, now in their 9th year of raising awareness in the fight against ovarian cancer. A pre-Pridefest collaboration with Denver’s own Mile High Freedom Band in City Park in June! Volunteering at the Gathering Place, Same Cafe, Urban Peak and St Francis Center with RMAA during the months of April, May and June Performing the National Anthem at the Colorado Rockies game this August
If you sing, we invite you to check us out and join us as we embark on our exciting milestone 35th year (see p30). There are details in the program about our open rehearsal at the end of August. We welcomed over 20 new members this season and we invite ALL that sing soprano or alto to come sing with us. The auditions are painless and the experience will enrich your life - we guarantee it. Welcome to our shows and listen carefully to the voices of our youth. They very likely are telling a story that we all need to hear.
Artistic Staff for DWC
Mark Zwilling Artistic Director of the Denver Women’s Chorus
Alison Dozier, Assistant Artistic Director Alison Dozier is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Denver Women’s Chorus and the Director of Take Note! the small ensemble of the Denver Women’s Chorus. Alison has been with the chorus for the past 8 years in a variety of roles. As a member of Take Note! she has collaborated on original arrangements and choralography. Alison has loved to sing since childhood and comes from a musical family. Alison is a professional counselor in Denver working with children and families.
Beth DeBoer, Principal Accompanist Beth De Boer is proud to accompany the Denver Women’s Chorus. She has accompanied several ensembles in the Denver area, including the Cherry Creek Chorale and several adult and youth theatre productions. She is the staff accompanist at Castle View High School where the choral program includes six choirs, and is the organist for a local church. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, motorcycling, and making music!
Tofer Breüer, Certified Sign Language Instructor Tofer Breüer is the only Deaf music interpreter in the US and is the proprietor of “The Kilted Interpreter.” He studied at Gallaudet University and is a certified paralegal. Tofer is grateful to be performing with DWC and Take Note!, as he feels music can be a universal bridge between hearing and Deaf education.
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DWC Chorus Council Ann Afton, President Karen Avilés, Vice President, Treasurer Cheryl Hamilton, Secretary Cheri Hall Karis Meskiman Kelly Grutsch Megan Hawthorn Hilary Hellums Jennifer Archuleta Production Team Karen Avilés Production Manager Ashley Teatum Production Manager Gwen Balk Carolyn Burtner Carolyn Dieckmann GwenEllyn Nordquist Rachel Richards Mark Zwilling Cate Cearley, Sound Engineer Christine Childs, Stage Manager Elizabeth Flores-Rhyme, Assistant Stage Manager
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ASL Interpreter Tofer Breüer Choralography Bri Waites Musicians Gloria Moser- Percussion Puppeteers Leah Romero-Klein Tina Edwards Music Advisory Council Connie North, Chair Carolyn Burtner Michelle Busse Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco Alison Dozier Arielle Finegold Stephanie Jauregui Kyanite RainbowPeace Sarah Lehan GwenEllyn Nordquist Julie Roebuck Cece Thomas Sarah TL Waugh Mark Zwilling Script Gwen Balk Carolyn Burtner Carolyn Dieckmann GwenEllyn Nordquist
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Soprano 1 Angie Durlin + Bri Waites *+ Britt Clark Carol Padgett Christina Gammon Connie North * Emily Sellers + Evonne Elliott Gwen Balk Janice Tilden Jessi Knoedler Katherine Ross Laura Reed + Lee Tomsyck Lizzy Campbell Lyndsey Lane Lynn Montano Megan Hawthorn Meredith Vogt Sarah TL Waugh + Sheila Bluestein Yvonne Guzman Soprano 2 Annie Eckler Caroline Casteel Carolyn Burtner Carolyn Dieckmann Cassie Jensen Cecelia Thomas Courtney Squire Ivy Moe Jennifer Archuleta Julie Robuck* Karen Aase Kelly Signer + Kim McClune Kyanite RainbowPeace Laura Callahan Michelle Busse Pat Condon Rachel Richards + Rebecca Louden * Sara Fitouri Sonja Moffitt Stephanie Jauregui Sue Knight V Rose McDougall
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Alto 1 Alison Dozier Amy McKay Angela Gilbert Ann Afton Ann Chamberlin Arielle Finegold + Ashley Teatum Beth Pearson Breana Romero-Klein Cheryl Hamilton Clarsa McElhaney Cyndi Robuck Gloria Moser + GwenEllyn Nordquist Hilary Hellums Jane Calder Jane Frasier Janice Bowen Jen Purcell Jenny Przekwas Jo-Ann Birch Kalima Knapp * Karen Tran + Karis Meskimen Katie Brewer Layle McFatridge Leigh Gonzales + Lizzie Miller Mary Palmer Merrie Robinson Monica Pressley * Natalee Reese Sena Johnson Shari Lemon Skye Cisarik Susan Whittlesey Tina Edwards Tonya Smith Tori Wieland Yvonne Goutman Alto 2 Aleeza Flores-Rhyne Alyson Daly Ariel DeFazio Avril Howe Beth Wienski Billie Lusk Cheri Hall Christine Monks Dianna Orf Jada Petersen Jennifer Molde Jude Gassaway Karen Avilés* Kelly Grutsch
Kristie Price Leah Romero-Klein Lisa Brotz Liz Tredennick Marcia Hoy Peg Coats Petra Bennett* Sara Vallejos Sarah Lehan Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco
Karen Avilés Ariel DeFazio Alison Dozier, Director Arielle Finegold Cheri Hall Lyndsey Lane Shari Lemon V Rose McDougall Beth Pearson Monica Pressley Emily Sellers Sarah TL Waugh DWC Chorus Angels Sisters in Song Never Forgotten
Rosie Bennington Kathleen Barney Mary Centa Susie Deaver Uma Devidatta Janet Dreifus Hsaio-ti Falcone JoAnn Grant Shirley Guenthner Mary Jean Kindschuh (MaJe) Deb Makarski Skip Neal Ann Quarterman Linda Rodriguez Karen Slatt Candace Weinrich Denardi You may notice that the DWC has stuffed animals at all of our concerts. These represent our chorus angels who we have lost over the years. Each animal has been chosen specifically to represent the personality of the member and remind us that they may be gone but are not forgotten. 7
Music and Lyrics by Jim Papoulis Arranged by Fransisco J Nunez (performed with the Denver Children’s Choir Summit Singers Friday Night/Saturday Matinee) Soloists - Abby Colodny (DCC) Friday/Saturday Matinee, Arielle Finegold - Saturday Night Percussion - Shari Lemon, Gloria Moser, Rebecca Louden, Rachel Richards, Sarah TL Waugh and Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco
The composer wrote this as a result of songwriting workshop in Mexico with economicallychallenged inner-city children. When asked what message they wanted to convey to the world in song, the childrens’ answer was “to listen” - oye in Spanish. The Spanish text of the verses elaborates this: the children are alone, crying, hoping, dreaming, searching for a better life. Denver Children’s Choir Summit Singers Set Friday/Saturday Matinee Great Day! Traditional Spiritual, arr. Rollo A. Dillworth
Childish happiness Erased and forgotten too fast A golden light shines forever And the end of the road Jabberwocky Carolyn Jennings
Birdsong Paul Head Vois sur ton chemin Lyrics by Christophe Barratier, Music by Bruno Coulais translation: Look out on your path Children who are lost and who have been forgotten Lend them a hand And lead them Towards another future Feel in the middle of the night A surge of hope The indefatigability of life The Road to glory
One Mile Rollo Dillworth SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir Set Saturday Evening Run, Mary, Run Trad./arr. Tate Soloist - Mark Boykins In The Beauty Way Navajo Prayer Brunner America! Music and Lyrics by Bernstein/Sondheim
My Dog Is A Plumber - by Dan Greenburg, Read by Billie Lusk On Children
Music by Ysaye M Barnwell Lyrics by Kahlil Gibran (performed with SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir Saturday Evening) Percussion - Shari Lemon Ysaye Maria Barnwell, speech pathologist and health care professional, was a member of the African American feminist group “Sweet Honey in the Rock” from 1979 to 2013, and composed many of its songs. Using text from mystic poet Kahlil Gibran’s most famous work, The Prophet, this song speaks of learning to love one’s children without trying to control them or molding them into one’s own likeness.
How Far I’ll Go
Arranged by Ed Lojeski Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda Soloist - Kelly Signer In the 2016 Disney animated movie Moana, American actress and singer Auli’i Cravalho sings this as the heroine Moana. Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian village chief, is chosen by the ocean itself to return the heart of the goddess Te Fiti which was stolen many years ago by the demigod Maui. Against the will of her parents, Moana sets sail to retrieve the mystical relic and succeeds after many adventures. 8
Children Will Listen
Arranged by Mark Brymer Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim The musical Into the Woods premiered on Broadway in 1987 and the film adaptation came out in 2014. The book intertwines elements from several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, tied together with the story of a baker and his wife who want to have a child. Their interactions with the witch who has placed a curse on them and with other storybook characters during their journey form the complex and somewhat dark plot. The witch (played by Bernadette Peters in the original production) sings this song as the final moral of the play, lamenting the mistakes she and other characters have made that have brought disaster on them.
Arranged by Gary D Fry Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher Featuring Shari Lemon on the Banjo This enormously popular song was first sung in 1979 in The Muppet Movie by Kermit the frog, then later appeared in 1980 on The Muppet Show (sung by Kermit and Debbie Harry ) and 2011’s The Muppets (Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the entire cast), as well as numerous covers by other artists. Allmusic says “’The Rainbow Connection’ serves the same purpose in The Muppet Movie that ‘Over the Rainbow’ served in The Wizard of Oz....an opening establishment of the characters’ driving urge for something more in life.”
Music by Frode Fjellheim Silesian Folk Melody Timpani - Gloria Moser, Drum - Shari Lemon Written in 2002 and adapted to become the opening music of the 2013 animated movie Frozen, this was inspired by the yoik, an ancient tradition of the Saami people from the northern parts of Russia and Scandinavia. A yoik, rather than being about something, is something, typically using short melodic phrases with syllables that have no linguistic meaning and that are repeated endlessly. So “Eatnemen Vuelie” is not about the earth, but is the earth itself. “Vuelie” is the Saami name for this type of singing and “eatenmen” translates roughly as “earth”. In addition in this arrangement the sopranos sing the Danish Christmas hymn “Dejlig er jorden” over the lower voices.
INTERMISSION TAKE NOTE! The Small Group Ensemble of the Denver Women’s Chorus I Lived
Arranged by Deke Sharon Music and Lyrics by Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella Frontman Ryan Tedder of Colorado Springs’ own OneRepublic shared he wrote this song for his four-year-old son. Regarding the lyric “With every broken bone, I swear I lived,” Tedder said, “So for every day that you’re on this earth, for every minute that you have, the whole idea is doing nothing less than exactly what you feel you’re supposed to do and squeezing every last drop out of life every day, regardless of the difficulties or trials that you face.”
Arranged by Paul Langford Adapted by A. Finegold Music and Lyrics by Sia Furler, Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen Shakira recorded this as the theme song for Disney’s animated movie Zootopia. Not only did the Colombian songstress record the tune, she also took on the role of pop star Gazelle. 9
Kiss The Girl
Arranged by Stephen Ross Music and Lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman Conga - Gloria Moser This enchanting hit from Disney’s The Little Mermaid was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Arranged by Mac Huff Music by Matthew Wilder Lyrics by David Zippel Soloists - Leah Romero-Klein & Jane Calder The 1998 animated movie Mulan is based on the ancient Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, woman warrior. She took the place of her ill father and young brother in the army, fighting disguised as a man for twelve years. At the end of the war she refused any reward except a swift horse so she could return to her home. In the movie the song is performed by Lea Salongea as the singing voice of the heroine, Fa Mulan.
Medley arranged by Alan Billingsley Music and Lyrics by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg & Lynn Ahrens Speakers - Jennifer Molde, Tina Edwards, Jada Petersen & Clarsa McElhaney The Bill - Laura Reed Miss Becky Sue - Gloria Moser Banker - Emily Sellers The animated educational television series ran from 1973 to1985 and was revived with both old and new episodes from 1993 to 1999. It began as a commercial advertising venture by a Madison Avenue executive, who had the idea that a rock-style song would help his young son learn the multiplication tables. He contacted musicians to write songs and eventually animated versions were produced which were sold to ABC who ran them on Saturday mornings.The short films covered grammar, science, economics, history, and civics. Several generations of children grew up listening to these, including many chorus members who are enjoying the nostalgia!
Mother’s Day - Written and performed by Jo-Ann Birch Everything Possible
Arranged by Willi Zwozdesky Music and Lyrics by Fred Small Fred Small is a lawyer turned folksinger/activist and Unitarian Universalist minister who has written songs concerning a wide range of issues including feminism, the environment, peace, and disabilities. His debut album on Rounder Reconds includes “Fifty-Nine Cents”, a song about women’s earning power. This lullaby has long been a favorite with many GALA choirs, and has been sung by countless liberal/activist parents to their children.
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Check out SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir for their upcoming show!
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Association, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and Denver
Women’s Chorus and all they do in the front range to build community through music!
The Denver Women’s Chorus always works on a variety of challenging, exciting and beautiful music and is accepting singers for the Fall of 2018. The simple audition process happen around the time of DWC rehearsals and is easy and painless. Come experience a rehearsal, learn about the Chorus and sign up for an audition!! There will be an opportunity to sign up for an audition, which will be held on another date. The Denver Women’s Chorus first rehearsal of the 20182019 Season will be Sunday, August 26 from 6-9 pm. This is an open house and is open to all. For more information please email us at Auditions@DenverWomensChorus.org. 30
THE DENVER WOMEN’S CHORUS THANKS WFCO FOR THEIR SUPPORT!
ANNUAL LUNCHEON Featuring a live interview with icon and activist Billie Jean King
OCTOBER 10, 2018 11:30 A.M. COLOR ADO CONVENTION CENTER, DENVER
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“NO ONE CHANGES THE WORLD WHO ISN’T OBSESSED.” BILLIE JEAN KING
Concert Program for When I Grow Up! May 18-19, 2018