Giving voice to diverse cultural experiences through song and story.
Join ViVoce, Portland Revels 17 voice women’s chorus, on a musical journey from loss and despair to the joy of community. Our June performances include folk songs of bravery and resilience from Polish, Welsh, Bulgarian, African-American, and British traditions, along with a shapenote piece and works from Renaissance Europe. Scholar and singer Dianne Dugaw Ph.D. will perform “Mary Ambree,” the popular 16th century ballad about a woman who leads her army victoriously into battle.
Dr. Dugaw has published articles, scholarly books and stories, and is a professor of English and Folklore at the University of Oregon. Her work centers around early-modern literature and culture, especially exploring gender and sexuality in folksongs and history. Growing up on a ranch in a musical and religious family in the Pacific Northwest inspires both her stories and scholarship about women heroes in history and culture.
Program highlights include a collection of traditional Polish songs, from rollicking rhythmic gems of the rustic Góral mountain region praising the independence and ingenuity of Highlander lasses (“Za Górami, za lasami,” “Sarna”), to the melancholy melodies of crusading knights and those left behind in the Great Wars. This program also features sparkling new arrangements of the swashbuckling “Santy-Anno” (Anglo-American), the playful “Hen Ferchetan/Old Maid.” (Wales) and the sentimental “Adar mân y mynnydd/Little Birds of the Mountain” (Wales) by ViVoce’s resident composers, Antonia Forster, Jeff Lewis, and Jamie Webster.
…And Still She Sings, like all ViVoce concerts, will include song, storytelling and poetry in the Revels tradition. Join in the singing during the concert, and meet the singers at a reception after each performance.
Saturday June 10th, 2017, 7:30 PM
Sunday June 11th, 2017, 4:30 PM
Tickets: $16 adults, $13 seniors & students, kids under 6 free.
St. Michael & All Angels, 1704 NE 43rd Ave. Portland
Vivoce was founded in 2003 as the Revels Singers, a SATB group singing madrigals and other traditional music. Originally formed as an outreach group, they performed at farmer’s markets, the Portland Rose Festival and other events. By the fall of 2005 the group had only 6 women’s voices and no men’s voices so it was decided that they would continue on as an all women’s choir.
Today, ViVoce’s 16-21 member all women chorus performs 2 concerts a year in January and June under the direction of Jamie Webster. The concerts have evolved to feature folk music from around the world, poetry and storytelling.
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