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Vox Femina Los Angeles to make San Francisco Bay Area debut in May

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Women
The Community Women’s Orchestra (CWO), now in its 26th season, presents its annual Spring Concert in two performances: Saturday, May 14, 3:00 pm at Merritt College in Oakland, and Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The program features the concerto debut of renowned local pianist Stephanie Lynne Smith, and the Bay Area debut of the award-winning women’s choir, Vox Femina Los Angeles, directed by Dr. Iris S. Levine.
 
Founded in 1997, Vox Femina Los Angeles has quickly established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States through touring nationally and internationally, appearing at conferences, and being selected to perform for the America Choral Directors Association (ACDA). The choir’s artistic director and co-founder, Dr. Iris S. Levine, also serves as the National Chair of the ACDA Repertoire and Standards Committee for Women’s Choirs. Vox Femina will perform with CWO a new setting of Gabriel Faure’s PAVANE, arranged for women’s voices by CWO conductor Dr. Kathleen McGuire, plus other selections from their forthcoming concert: WOMEN GONE WILD.
 
Says McGuire: “We are so excited to be joined by Vox Femina on this program. They truly are an amazing vocal group that will add enormously to our concert. The Pavane is seldom performed with chorus; I know their voices will invoke with great passion the highly romantic text.”
 
Concert pianist Stephanie Lynne Smith will perform with the orchestra Clara Schumann’s PIANO CONCERTO IN A MINOR. Although she has performed as a pianist for three decades, this is her first-ever concerto with an orchestra. Smith remarks: “It is an honor to work with this wonderful group of women on a concerto written by a woman. Kathleen’s invitation is what it took to get me to perform again as a solo pianist and I am really looking forward to this experience.” Clara (nee Wieck) Schumann was herself a concert pianist, and regarded by some as a composer superior to her better-known husband, Robert. Close friend Johannes Brahms often performed Clara’s works. The Concerto is part of CWO’s ongoing Women Composers Series.
 
Also on the program are timeless standards of the orchestral repertoire: Aaron Copland’s commanding FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN, featuring CWO’s brass and percussion sections, and Bizet’s L’ARLESIENNE SUITE NO. 1. CWO’s entry-level ensemble Strings Attached, led by June Bonacich, will perform J.S. Bach’s BRANDENBERG CONCERTO NO. 3.
 
The Community Women's Orchestra, established in 1985, is a volunteer, all-female orchestra committed to promoting women's orchestral music in a fun and welcoming environment. Each CWO concert features at least one work by a woman composer. For more information, visit: www.communitywomensorchestra.org.
 
Tickets $5 /$10 (free for children under 12) are available at the door, through CWO’s website: www.communitywomensorchestra.org, or by calling the 24/7 ticket hotline: 1-800-838-3006.
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