Song is a Strong Thing: Music of Freedom and Remembrance by Living Women Composers

SONG IS A STRONG THING is an ECMC concert CD recorded live on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Manhattan, New York.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and in conjunction with UNITE: The United Nations International Campaign to End Violence Against Women, the Empire City Men’s Chorus presents the work of women composers. Singing the compositions of Gwyneth Walker, Dorothy Hindman, Eleanor Daley, Christina Whitten Thomas, and others, we will present poignant works that highlight the contribution of women who are currently shaping the musical landscape. Our concert will also reflect the struggle for freedom in this landmark year for women. In the words of Langston Hughes, (whose eloquent Harlem Songs form a portion of our program): “…song is a strong thing.”

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Playlist

DOROTHY HINDMAN

1
You Shall Not Go Down
Walt Whitman
Nathan Fuhrman, Baritone
Ron Languedoc, Bass

2
Credo from Protholamia
Walt Whitman

Nathan Fuhrman, Baritone
Scott Brown, Tenor Soloist
Casey Kyung Hun Koh, Tenor Soloist
Philip Cotty, Baritone Soloist
Bill Powell, Bass Soloist

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GWYNETH WALKER

3
I’ve Known Rivers
Langston Hughes

4
My Soul Has Grown Deep

5
Troubled Water

6
Jump Right In!

7
In Time of Silver Rain

Harlem Songs
Langston Hughes

8
Spirituals
Scott Brown, Tenor Soloist

 

9
Harlem Night Songs

10
Tambourines
Bill Powell, Bass soloist

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ELEANOR DALEY

11
In Remembrance
Mary Elizabeth Frye

12
The Stars are with the Voyager
Thomas Hood

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CHRISTINA WHITTEN THOMAS

Three Songs of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nathan D. Fuhrman, Guest Conductor

13
The Sound of the Sea

14
The Arrow and the Song

15
A Day of Sunshine

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GWYNETH WALKER

16
Crossing the Bar
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Original artwork by Jonathan Edward Post © 2011