Fri, May 12, 2017
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Featuring All Ensembles from The Girl Choir of South Florida
In May of 2017, the Girl Choir of South Florida will present “Dancing and Singing”. The music in this program will mirror the world –music emphasis from “Carol of the Dance”, and will feature many cultures’ vocal descriptions of the joy of singing and dancing together. All ensembles will open with Elizabeth Alexander’s “If You Can Walk, You Can Dance”, a fast-paced and joyful setting of this Zimbabwean proverb. Besides settings of American song traditions such as Shaker songs and Native American tribal dances, the program will include, quite literally, songs from around the world: Estonia, France, Haiti, Brazil, Japan, Lithuania, Hungary, and Venezuela are just some of the places we’ll visit in song. Musical styles will range from traditional Baroque and Classical pieces, to body- percussion choirs of Latin and African rhythms, to whimsical numbers such as Sandra Milliken’s “Flamenco Flamingos” and Joan Szymko’s “Saboo” (a piece that was written as a result of a collaboration between the Peninsula Women’s Chorus and local school children, who were asked to write poems that Szymko then set to music. The set from which “Saboo” comes is entitled This wonderful feeling, and was premiered by the choir, with the young poets in attendance, on May 20, 2000). As with the December program, our mass choir performance will take place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on May 12th, and will include professionally choreographed works, and our upper level ensembles will also present a formal performance at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale on April 30th.