WHAT TO EXPECT: ‘Leven and Sorellanza performed in concert together for the first time at the Gloucester Meetinghouse in February 2015 and return this year with the Valentine’s Day theme. They began their debut by flying a long banner over the audience as they produced ethereal sounds that set a magical tone to the whole evening.
The varied repertoire of these talented women and their evident exuberance for singing a cappella was hugely entertaining as well as moving for the audience with playful solos, duets and rhythmic gymnastics adding spice to their superbly blended ensembles. Prepare to relax, laugh, remember, and allow the theme of love to permeate your soul with music sung from the heart.
WHAT’S SPECIAL? Two Cape Ann a cappella women’s vocal ensembles raise their voices in songs of Love…and Home…and Love…and Work…and Love…and Life…and Love…and Strength…and Love…and Peace…and Love some more…
WHEN: Saturday, February 11th 2017, 7:30pm
WHERE: The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street, with accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street.
COST: Free admission. Voluntary donations gratefully accepted for the two womens’ ensembles and the Meetinghouse Preservation Fund.
‘Leven is an enduring ensemble of Cape Ann womens’ voices founded in 1991 inthe eleventh month, at 1111 Washington St., under the leavening influence of Dawn Pratsonand ten similarly enlightened ladies.
Various combinations of ‘Leven singers have continued to bring powerful, poignant and eclectic a cappella repertoire to Cape Ann audiences for the past 26 years. In this Valentine season they sing songs for the love of “home” – whether keeping the home fires burning, departing for far off places, or returning back home again.
‘Leven members: Sue Bonior, Pat Maloney Brown, Caroline Haines, Anne Hyde, Kristina Martin, and Sheryl Reed
Sorellanza is a women’s a cappella group based on Cape Ann and directed by Rockport resident, Patti Pike. Founded in 2006, Sorellanza draws enthusiastic audiences with varied and upbeat repertoire. For this concert many songs are a blend of old and new: ancient lyrics set to modern music, a blend of Rumi text with Psalms, and homage to our grandmothers.
Their eclectic repertoire includes a love song from West Side Story, a Lullaby from Billy Joel, an honoring of the One, and some just plain fun songs. Songs from the Heart is a unifying theme that includes them all.
Patti Pike – choral director, Karen Koerth, Jen Fuller, Peggy Duff, Jenny Sonia, Andrea Coates-Vinson, Kate Stevens, Ruth Maassen, Jane Woodman, Kathy Eckles, Marianne Thompson, Caitlin Cannon, Nancy Goodman