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Choral Music by Judith Shatin with Peninsula Women’s Chorus in Palo Alto and Santa Clara, California on May 21 and 22

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Women
May 18, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net
 
Choral Music by Judith Shatin with Peninsula Women’s Chorus in Palo Alto and Santa Clara, California on May 21 and 22
 
Judith Shatin’s The Jumblies for SSA and piano will be presented by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Martin Benvenuto, Artistic Director, on Saturday, May 21 - 4:00 PM at St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue in Palo Alto and on Sunday, May 22 – 2:00 PM at Mission Santa Clara, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara, California. The performances will be part of the Chorus’s Cantemus – Let Us Sing 2011 Spring concerts.
 
The composer writes about the work, “The Jumblies, a setting of the poem of that name by Edward Lear, was commissioned by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, with conductor Martin Benvenuto, in memory of chorister Mary Ager…Mary’s sister, Lois Hinderlie, offered several wonderful suggestions for texts to set, including this poem….when I learned about Mary’s deep interest in Victorian literature, even earning a PhD in the subject, I felt that the Lear poem was especially appropriate. The images are delightful and the whole is charming. Yet, there is a more serious message that one should set out on one’s journey without worrying about whether others will come along. In the end, they may well wish they had! Scored for treble chorus and piano, the music closely mirrors the vivid images of the text…”
 
This program will also include two selections of Cantemus by Lajos Bardos and Vic Nees; Psalm 23 by Franz Schubert; Windwolves by Imant Raminsh; a set of Spirituals, Ride on, King Jesus (arranged by Moses Hogan) and Bright Mansions (arranged by K. Lee Scott). More about the concerts and the Peninsula Women’s Chorus at http://www.pwchorus.org/.
 
Tickets for this performance are $10 and $20. For tickets or more information, call 650-327-3095 or visit http://www.pwchorus.org/tickets.html.
 
Called “highly inventive...hugely enjoyable and deeply involving” by the Washington Post and "exuberant and captivating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Judith Shatin's music is renowned for its dramatic shape and imaginative blending of acoustic and digital media, as well as her work in each. Orchestras that have performed her music include the Denver, Houston, Illinois, Knoxville, Minnesota, National and Richmond Symphonies. Her chamber and choral music is internationally performed and has been featured at festivals throughout North Americaand Europe. Her music can be heard on the Grammy-nominated Innova Records release, Tower of the Eight Winds (http://innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=407), and the Hexagon Ensemble’s new Dutch Connection CD on Etcetera, with more on the Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New Worldand Sonoralabels. She has been commissioned by organizations and ensembles including the Barlow Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Kronos Quartet, Library of Congress, National Symphony, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus and the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.
 
For more information about Judith Shatin, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.
 
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