|Steps outside of Lincoln Center|
|The day is here!|
|In front of Lincoln Center|
|Our group with Hilary Apfelstadt, DCINY Conductor|
The students had dinner on their own during the 4:00-6:15 p.m. break and then it was showtime at 7:00 p.m.! Seeing the size of the women's choir was impressive, but seeing our students up on the Lincoln Center stage was thrilling. The choir sounded really wonderful, singing a range of songs which were categorized under sections such as "We revere women in spiritual bliss", "We salute women in celebration", "We hear women in moments of reflection", and "We honour women in observations of the world". A piece by Michael Sample, "Cancion de Los Tsachilas" included percussion and was energetic and exciting, incorporating rhythmic elements with the native language of Tsafiki (used by the indigenous community of the Tsachilas located in the northern coastal region of Ecuador). An interesting piece of information is that by purchasing the piece to sing, each ensemble actively helped to protect and promote the Tsachila community as a portion of proceeds from publication were sent to the community directly!
|Director Michael Boswell with his family|
Another surprise for many of the students was getting to see Sydney Guillaume, composer of the commissioned piece for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals, "La Providence" (listen here), who attended the concert this evening!
Woods alumnae, President King, various staff, Cabinet members, and students from the Spring Break Service Trip all were in attendance. A lot of Woods support for a really special event.
|Michael Boswell with composer Sydney Guillaume|
|A few of the Madrigals who performed |
Sydney Guillaume's piece "La Providence"
The evening ended with some of the choir members opting to go to the "performers only" reception held after the concert, which apparently had an amazing spread of food. Those who did not choose to attend the reception came back on the bus with the "non-performers" of the group and were delighted by the spontaneous group sing of "Let it Go", led by the 8-year-old daughter of Michael (Boswell) and Sharon (Boyle). It seemed like such an appropriate way to end such an incredible day. Tomorrow morning the group will take a tour of Ellis Island (ferry ride) and see the Statue of Liberty before embarking on the second half of the tour, starting with a concert in Wilmington, DE.
|Reception for singers (Photo Credit: Kirsten Webb)|