The joint choirs of First Presbyterian Church and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church of Durham will present the Faure “Requiem” and “Cantique de Jean Racine” together with works by John Rutter and others. Joining the choirs will be the acclaimed soloists soprano Leslie Curtis and baritone Lewis Moore, together with orchestra and the renowned organist David Arcus. Kathy Parkins and Lewis Moore will be conducting.
Daniel Elder – A Breathing Peace
text by Rumi
Dan Forrest – Himenami (The Divine Wave)
in memory of the victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan
Jake Runestad – Let my love be heard
in memory of the victims of the 2015 terrorist bombings in Paris
Donald McCulloch – Is not a flower a mystery?
Rabbi Chaim Stern text on man’s inhumanity to man amid God’s constant grace
Kim André Arnesen – Even when he is silent
text from the wall of a concentration camp in World War II
premiered after terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya
Fred Hellerman & Fran Minkoff, arr. Herbert Haufrecht – Healing River
written by members of The Weavers, an American folk group
David L. Brunner – Cloth of Glory
in honor of all who were victims or were affected by the September 11 attack, dedicated to “all those who rise from the ashes”
Gwyneth Walker, arr. – Every Night (When the Sun Goes Down)
Appalachian tune about the transcendence of faith over sorrow
Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory, arr. – Ain’t no grave can hold my body down
based on gospel music from the American South
Arnesen – Infinity
a haunting text written by David Roberts, who writes about war and peace
Runestad – We can mend the sky
text from a 14-year old East African immigrant and 2 Somali proverbs
The Common Woman Chorus (CWC) of Durham and the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus (TGMC) of Raleigh will present a monumental concert on June 22, 2019 entitled Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall. This event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn Uprising, the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ movement for civil rights and the inspiration for the annual celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride.
The Quiet No More program will feature songs of protest, liberation and inspiration presented by both choruses. Concert goers will enjoy moving renditions of songs like “Seize The Day” from Disney’s Newsies; “One Voice” by The Wailin’ Jennys; “Warrior” by the Wyrd Sisters; “Make Them Hear You” from the Broadway musical Ragtime; and “From A Distance” made popular by Bette Midler among others.
CWC, TGMC and their special guests, the Triad Pride Men’s and Women’s Choruses, will also perform the title music suite—a brand new, 8-movement work co-commissioned by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. In doing so, the four choruses will represent North Carolina and join over 25 choruses nationwide in the largest collaboration of U.S.-based, LGBTQ+ choruses in history.
“Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall” not only commemorates the events that took place in New York City on June 28, 1969, but also honors the courage of early, social justice pioneers. The work encourages everyone to join in the renewed spirit of resistance for the future—not just for LGBTQ+ individuals, but for all victims of bullying, hate, intolerance and violence.
Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall will take place at 8pm on June 22, 2019 at the historical Carolina Theatre of Durham. The concert is ADA-accessible and will be ASL-interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired. Ticket prices are available for $35, $25, and $15 and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com as well as by calling the Carolina Theatre box office at 919-560-3030.
A portion of the proceeds from Quiet No More will go to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Individuals and businesses interested in concert sponsorship should contact Kristen Stinnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anthony Reed at email@example.com.
About the Common Woman Chorus
The Common Woman Chorus is a progressive voice and vibrant musical community based in the Triangle area of NC since 1983 that enjoys an international presence through participation in Sister Singers Network and GALA Choruses. The Common Woman Chorus unites a choral community of richly diverse voices to nurture high quality musicianship and to be a beacon for justice, equality, and love through the healing power of music. Membership is open to all woman-identified, gender-nonconforming, and transgender individuals, with a goal of diversity in ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, interests and beliefs. CWC is under the artistic direction of Kristen Stinnett.
About the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus
The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus strives to provide a venue for gay and gay-affirming individuals to develop their interests and display their singing talents. TGMC recognizes the power of music to communicate important truths about common human conditions and the value of all people. Founded in 1995, TGMC is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) and has performed across the United States and Canada. Membership is open to cisgender and transgender individuals who identify as male regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, interests or beliefs. TGMC is under the artistic direction of Lennie Collins and Jeff Whicker.