Spring Concert – 2019
“When Music Sounds”
- Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville
- Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM, Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd., Nashville
What would our lives be like without music? Music serves many purposes for us. It can heighten our joy, diminish our sadness and complement a wide range of other moods. This concert program will include texts that speak to the many ways music enriches our lives. Vox Grata will offer the premiere performance of American composer Daniel Kallman’s “When Music Sounds,” set to the poem of the same title by the British poet, Walter de la Mare. Other works include music by Joan Szymko, Stephen Smith, Franz Schubert, Jim Papoulis, Zebulon M. Highben, David Brunner, Gwyneth Walker, Abbie Betinis and Hungarian composer Levente Gyöngyösi.
Proceeds from “When Music Sounds” will be given to The New Beginnings Center. The New Beginnings Center, Nashville, a program designed to improve the health, strength and wellness of women through physical assessment and screening, individualized coaching and wellness goals. This holistic approach empowers clients to take personal responsibility for their own wellness, strengthening body, mind and spirit.
Fall Concert – 2018
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
Two performances: Thursday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN
Tuesday, November 13that 7:30 PM at Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN
The concert will include choral works addressing the need for our nation to be welcoming to immigrants, featuring piecesby Abbie Betinis, Andrea Clearfield, Moira Smiley, Villa-Lobos, Joan Szymko, Kevin Memley and others. “Given that the beneficiary organization for this concert serves refugee women, we wanted to sing texts that would resonate with them—music that would convey the plight and tireless hope of immigrants as they seek understanding, peace and love in a new nation,” said MacCallum.
Vox Grata is co-conducted by Susan Kelly and Jeanette MacCallum and will be accompanied by John Semingson.
There will be no charge for admission to these concerts, both of which start at 7:30 PM. Vox Grata Women’s Choir is unique among choral groups, in that all of its concerts directly benefit the needs of women in the Middle Tennessee area.
Vox Grata has selected Sew for Hope to receive all of the proceeds received from an offering at this event. The mission of Sew for Hope is to enhance the lives of refugees in Middle Tennessee through social interaction, where English language, sewing, and sewing business skills are shared. At the successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a certificate of completion and a sewing machine, and some have recently become instructors at Sew for Hope to continue its outreach and impact for refugee women in our community. “Sew for Hope is honored to be the recipient of the Fall 2018 Vox Grata concert offerings. We are also very grateful for this opportunity to enhance our mission to encourage refugee women in Middle Tennessee through job skills and placement,” said Rita Atkins, Founder and President of Sew for Hope.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018: “Violins of Hope” Concert Series – “A Living Voice: The Diary of Anne Frank” by composer Linda Tutas Haugen, and other works centering around Holocaust Remembrance – (Including choral collaboration with the Blair Concert Choir)
Thursday, May 10, 2018: “Violins of Hope” Concert Series – “A Living Voice: The Diary of Anne Frank” by composer Linda Tutas Haugen, and other works centering around Holocaust Remembrance
May 9 and May 18, 2017: Operation Sing! A Musical Protest Against Human Trafficking (pre-concert presentation offered by composer Elizabeth Alexander
November 16, 2016: “Life Passages”
May 19, 2016: Songs on an Eastern Wind
May 3, 2016: “Live in Studio C” with Will Griffin – WPLN 91.1 classical radio
January 24, 2016: Recovery of a Lost Tradition (Vox Grata with Music City Baroque)
November 12 2015: Out of Darkness