VOX's 22nd Season in Review!
"One of the most unique choral groups in Los Angeles..."
- Alan Chapman, KUSC
Vox YOUTH OUTREACH
From left to right: Natalie Garner, Skylar Crown, Eliana Yeager, VOX Assistant Conductor Lori Marie Rios, Tira Mansbacher, and Priscilla Araña.
VOX completed its third successful year of Youth Outreach initiatives, reaching over 1,000 students through our programs, including our first annual Concert for Youth in April. With schools bussed in to the beautiful sanctuary at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles from across LA County, students were treated to a full hour of music from the women of VOX as well as a special demonstration of the pipe organ by Organist-in-Residence, Dr. Christophe Bull. The Concert for Youth was also featured on KUSC's Arts Alive Blog, which you can listen to HERE.
VOX also welcomed 5 Choral Scholars again this year, who rehearsed with the choir for 9 weeks and performed in our Spring concert. "This experience will be very memorable," said scholar Priscilla Araña. "It was challenging in the beginning but overall it is worth it. I can say that I have grown as a person and musician. Thanks to VOX I know what to expect and how to prepare for future organizations/programs."
lA women's march
VOX was thrilled to be invited to sing at the Los Angeles Women's March again this year, this time in support of the fabulous Ingrid Michaelson!
Fulfilling the dream-
A celebration of martin luther king jr.
January brought a new opportunity for VOX to perform on the same stage as other choral ensembles from across LA, as we came together at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles to celebrate the legacy and the profound impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on American life. An event dedicated to fostering community interaction and inspiring new and creative action toward social justice challenges in Los Angeles, the evening also featured guest speakers who represented some of the important initiatives for social movement in Los Angeles.
Fired Up! Singing for justice with Holly near
VOX opened its 22nd season in collaboration with the legendary musicians and activists, Holly Near, Tammy Hall, and Jan Martinelli. The opening concert was comprised of songs of protest, unity, and hope presented by VOX Femina and Holly Near, individually and in unison, including Harry Belafonte’s “Turn the World Around,” the Wailin’ Jennys “One Voice,” and Rollo Dilworth’s gospel-style, “Stand Upon the Rock,” all inspiring people to think and work for social justice and peace.
From left to right: Tammy Hall, Artistic Director Dr. Iris S. Levine, Holly Near and Jan Martinelli
2018 © Francis Chee
Our children, our hope
VOX’s spring concert was a celebration of motherhood, in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, and featuring the beautiful voices of the Culver City Middle School Voicestra Choir, and Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason as our Narrator. Featuring music from around the globe, and including a piece commissioned by VOX and the Women's Choir Commission Consortium setting the poetry of Syrian-American writer Mohja Kahf to music, the concert also included well-known favorites such as Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen” and an arrangement of “I Love You/What a Wonderful World” by Craig Hella Johnson.
Hearts of courage
VOX’s final concert of the 2018-2019 season, Hearts of Courage, was a celebration of Pride and the LGBTQ+ community and a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.
The concert featured performances by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, as well as guest performers from the Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles, and repertoire included diverse compositions such as “Wild Embers” by composer Melissa Dunphy with lyrics by poet Nikita Gill, paying homage to the “wild women” from which we are descended; a commissioned arrangement celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by local musician Christina Wilson, and a commissioned piece by noted transgender composer Mari Esabel Valverde, "When the Dust Settles," based on interviews with trans activist Mis Major Griffin-Gracy.
VOX's annual Cabaret was back at the Catalina Bar & Grill this year, with new musical director Cassie Nickols and emceed by the hilarious Jenny McNulty, this continues to be one of the most fun events on VOX's calendar each year.