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This preview has been provided by Women's Voices Chorus.
Women's Voices Chorus's spring performance, a showcase of Spanish and Middle Eastern sounds, will explore the plight of the refugee, the role of Mary in the Abrahamic faiths, and themes of peace, freedom, and compassion.
The May 6 concert will feature the premiere of Artistic Director Allan Friedman's refugee song, Miriyam, Maria, and Maryam, a powerful piece written in response to the present reality of displaced people around the globe. Accompanied by guitars, percussion, and interpretive dancers, with text from Psalms, Rumi, and Hafez, Friedman's work imagines three women of different faiths swept up in tragic historical events. This theatrical composition draws the listener into the refugee experience, and is ultimately a call for empathy and action.
The spring program will also include modern and Renaissance choral works by women on the Virgin Mary as she receives the word, thanks God for exalting the humble, and hears appeals for mercy. Among these are Christine Donkin's shimmering Magnificat and the mysterious Suscipe Verbum, Virgo Maria. Found in the earliest published polyphony for nuns, the latter is believed to be the work of Leonora d'Este, daughter of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia.
Rounding out the concert will be Ariel Ramirez's romping and lively South American folk mass, Misa Criolla, and international songs of peace, including an Iraqi lullaby and a Palestinian-American's song on the longing to be free.
Tickets are $7 for students and $17 for adults, and can be purchased at the door or online at www.womensvoiceschorus.org; group rates are available for parties of 10 or more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Voices Chorus is the premier Triangle chorus for sopranos and altos. Its members perform a unique repertoire, bringing to life a wide range of choral music written by and for women. CVNC described WVC's January concert as "an ovation performance," "superbly balanced with precise articulation," and "magical in its sweet tenderness." 
Deborah Hollis, Pianist. Allan Friedman, Artistic Director.
This program is supported by the Orange County Arts Commission
 Review quotes from Ken Hoover, CNVC.org, January 2018.