Come and join us for our last concert cycle of the season, Broadway Revisited! Rehearsals begin April 10.
Happy New Year!
The OVC Staff, Board of Directors, and I are so pleased to send our new look onto the internet! We hope that you will be able to take the time to look over the website and enjoy the fresh new look. Included on the website are a few new features which will help you connect with us more often!
- Our Events Calendar will help you keep up to date on our concert offerings so that you and your friends can join us!
- Our new Blog will connect you with us in a new, narrative format! The funny, the serious, the thought-provoking...you will be able to find it there!
- Our OVC Media page is stocked with audio and video that you can enjoy while we are between concerts!
One Voice Chorus is entering into our 14th season! There have been many changes in the past year, but I think we are on the "grow" and I'm excited to be a part of it. OVC is not the only organization growing, CultureWorks is in the planning stages of its first annual "ArtoberRVA" and I couldn't be happier! The month long focus in October on the arts in Richmond is really going to help promote Richmond as an arts destination and OVC as one of the performing artists, Richmond has to offer. OVC has been represented in the planning sessions and we are in the midst of planning an event for October to take advantage of the opportunity.
Keep an eye on our website for more details.
The more things change… the more they stay the same. Here we are entering our 14th season and our mission appears to be more relevant than ever! As a Founding Member of One Voice Chorus, I am simply amazed how we have grown as an organization. Through our growth, we have had to look at rebranding One Voice – and we during this process, we actually considered changing the mission to sound more inclusive. However, with the events that are continually “grabbing” the headlines, it is clear that our focus on racial reconciliation does NOT mean we ONLY care about issues of race. We care about issues of acceptance of people as people, on all lives being equally valued, and on ensuring people, regardless of race, color, creed or who they love, are treated equitably. Using the “universal language” of music – that language that is appreciated by all – we will enter another season that will seek to share the best of who we are with the best of everyone. And as we enter a season of what can only be described as political mayhem, I look forward to our efforts helping to bring people together… and hopefully, maybe in some small way, it will encourage people to make good, sound political decisions this fall.
I have to be honest with you…there are times when programming a concert season is just painful. Pleasing the audience, making sure to challenge your singers just enough to keep their interest, all the while, making sure that the conductor also has to find challenge and reward in the music as well. I find myself agonizing over it a great deal.
Then, of course, there are times when the programming just falls into your lap, so to speak. Take the 2016-2017 One Voice Chorus concert season. It wasn’t particularly an easy task, but it almost “planned itself”!
I love the idea of juxtaposition in music. I knew for a while I wanted to do a concert where I got to explore conflict and resolution on a grand scale. I instantly thought of F. J. Haydn’s Missa in angustiis. Known more colloquially as “Lord Nelson Mass”, the composition, which at first was written in dedication to Empress Marie Theresa of deals with Haydn’s reaction to Napoleon’s occupation of Austria. Pairing this with Zoltan Kodaly’s Missa Brevis, which was composed while Kodaly’s home country, Hungary, was under the occupation of the Third Reich. Through the marriage of these two pieces in concert, we set the stage for our November presentation, “War and Peace”.
Contemporary composer Robert Ray is a champion of music that celebrates the African American heritage. His Gospel Mass, in addition to the music of Moses Hogan, Rollo Dilworth, and Rosephanye Powell among others shapes our African American experience concert “Let My People Go”. OVC dedicates this presentation to the memory of the lives lost in the ongoing fight for justice in the United States that became unavoidably apparent during the summer of 2016. The works of the great American musical theater composers is the focus of “Broadway Revisited”, is the focus of OVC’s spring presentation. Featuring selections from South Pacific, Show Boat, and West Side Story, this concert is sure to please every person who loves the music of the Great White Way!
It is my sincere hope that you will join us for one, two, or all of these concerts!