The Atlanta Women’s Chorus launched its solo inaugural season with a bang, performing Finding Her Here: In and Out of Love to a sold-out crowd Feb. 8 at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Midtown.
The concert revolved around women’s experiences of love — both romantic love and platonic…universal love. Numbers ranged from Broadway medleys to Dante, including “Your Cheating Heart,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “When Will I Be Loved?”
Audience members described the performance as “outstanding,” “amazing” and “beautifully performed.” The AWC was skillfully directed by Dr. Melissa T. Arasi, and the caliber and popularity of the performance was a testimony to the talent and hard work of Dr. Arasi and the 40-plus performers.
Kevin Robison, artistic director for both the AWC and Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, stated that “I’m so proud of the direction that the AWC and Voices of Note are headed. Wonderful programming, the heartfelt sharing of the chorus’ music, beautiful sounds…just terrific all around.”
Ron Jones, another audience member, commented that “From the varied musical selections and balanced harmonies to the very professional presentation, I and everyone around me just sat back and enjoyed the evening, courtesy of the AWC!”
The AWC began as a project of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus last year, making guest appearances in the AGMC’s shows. Under the new administrative umbrella organization Voices of Note, the chorus moved from a trial project to glorious reality for the 2013-14 season.
The AWC is an auditioned volunteer chorus open to women regardless of sexual orientation, and currently the group is split almost 50/50 between lesbian and straight women.
“I think one of the numbers, the popular ‘Taylor the Latte Boy’, perfectly presented the chorus’ diverse membership,” Dr. Arasi said. “Since ‘Taylor’ can be both a male and a female name, we adjusted the lyrics so sometimes part of the chorus were singing to Taylor as a boy, and sometimes as a girl. It was very cute, and most importantly, it made the point that while we have differences in who we might be attracted to, ultimately those differences make no difference. We can still come together and live — and sing — in harmony in this world as we seek our individual happiness.”
Those who missed the February performance will have to wait until the summer for their next chance to hear the AWC perform. The chorus’ second show — Mother, Daughter, Sister: Celebrating Music for Women — will be held June 7.
A mother, daughter or sister. All women are at least one. The relationships women share with immediate family are explored in this concert that will feature a remarkably wide range of amazing music, from a classic setting of “Ave Maria” to songs of sisterhood, motherhood and children.