VOX's 21st Season in Review!
"Under the expert direction of Dr. Iris S. Levine, the voices are gorgeous, the production is excellent and the performances are top notch. This group is a precious gem in the musical crown of Los Angeles. May they continue for another 20 years."
- Jeff Slayton, See Dance News
International Celebration of Women’s Choirs
Over the first weekend in May, the women of VOX Femina traveled from Los Angeles to beautiful Vancouver, BC, for the Tapestry International Festival of Women's Choirs. VOX was joined by singers from three other women's choirs: host Elektra Women's Choir from Vancouver, Gardabaer Women's Choir from Iceland, and Frisches Ei from Japan. Over the four days of the festival, the women worked together to present two exquisite concerts, singing both as individual choirs and raising their voices as a whole, and in the native language of each participating choir.
At the beginning of March, VOX joined forces with singers from GMCLA to support Demi Lovato in her show at the Forum.
WOMEN IN MUSIC FESTIVAL
VOX participated in the Mount Saint Mary's University Women in Music Festival which brought together a diverse group of women artists at the Doheny Mansion for discussions, workshops, and performances to celebrate the power of music as a vehicle for positive social change. Performers included Grammy Award-winning folk singer Rhiannon Giddens and hip hop/son jarocho artist Maya Jupiter, with VOX closing the festival.
VOX opened its 21 st season with a concert dedicated to “giving women voice.” The opening concert featured a newly commissioned work for women’s voices composed by Ron Kean, “The Journey of Harriet Tubman” featuring VOX alumni Caroline McKenzie in the title role. The concert honored Tubman, Nobel laureate Malala Yousefzai, and countless other women who have persisted throughout history.
VOX’s spring concert was a celebration of the beauty of the astral bodies: the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the wonder that they inspire. This concert included the performance of frequent VOX collaborator Jocelyn Hagen’s compositions, This Sky Falls and Flight. It also featured the unique and beautiful work Stars, by Latvian-born composer Erik Esenvalds, where an ethereal accompaniment was provided by the singers on wine glasses!
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
The final concert of VOX’s 2017-2018 season, This Land is Your Land presented songs that are woven throughout the history of our country. The full choir performed well-known classics such as “Shenandoah” and “Down by the Riverside,” as well as the concert’s namesake, “This Land is Your Land,” which included one of the most controversial verses, often left out of recordings. Small group and solo offerings throughout the evening ranged from renditions of James Taylor and John Denver to Brandi Carlile
AMERICAN CHORAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION
On Friday, March 16th, VOX was honored to sing at the American Choral Directors Association conference. Surrounded by choral directors and educators from across the western region, the women of VOX Femina took to the stage to perform in the auspicious Saturday evening concert, where they sang their hearts out and were greeted with a standing ovation from the audience - high praise indeed!
Vox YOUTH OUTREACH
VOX completed its second successful year of our Youth Outreach Program, reaching over 700 students with our Music Enrichment and Choir Mentorship Programs. “My experience with VOX was breathtaking and definitely brought some new concepts to me. It really opened me up and helped me listen better to my peers and we really connected with each other on a different level,” said one Hamilton High School choral student. VOX also welcomed 5 Choral Scholars this year, who rehearsed with the choir for 11 weeks and performed in our Spring concert, This Land is Your Land.
This year's VOX Cabaret held at the Catalina Jazz Club brought some much-needed comedy relief during these stressful times. The soloists paid tribute to love through various lenses, with liberal doses of humor thrown in by our veteran emcee Laura Darshan and special guest Linden Waddell teamed up with cabaret musical director Marjorie Poe to reprise a couple of popular songs from their show.
VOX Femina was invited to sing at the 58th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown LA, and broadcast live on PBS SoCal.