Vox Grata Women’s Choir to Premiere Choral Work Set to Anne Frank’s Diary

Vox Grata, a new Nashville-based women’s choir, will present their inaugural concert on January 27, 2013 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.   The choir was founded by Artistic Director Jeanette MacCallum and features twenty-two singers, along with accompanist Dawn Seidenschwarz.

Vox Grata is comprised of joyful women who, out of gratitude for the fullness of their own lives, possess a desire to sing together for the benefit of others.  The group will perform repertoire that expresses a uniquely feminine spirit, especially works that promote the interests of women in society.  The concert programs will directly benefit the needs of women in the Nashville community.

The first program will include the Tennessee premiere of American composer Linda Tutas Haugen’s “A Living Voice”, written for women’s choir and string quartet.  An emotional tour de force, this seven-movement work is based on selected excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank. Spanning more than two years of hiding in the annex, the texts and music portray a psychological progression from fear and despair to strength and hope. This moving work for women’s choir includes lyrical vocal lines, lush harmonies, and strong string quartet orchestrations. The performance will coincide with the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and will include a guest speaker expert in Holocaust history.

In lieu of an admission fee, donations will be accepted with the proceeds benefiting Better Decisions, a local group that mentors inmates at the Tennessee Prison for Women.  The concert will be held at 4 PM, Sunday January 27th at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN.  For additional details, go to www.voxgrata.com.