Empire City Men’s Chorus Announces “Song Is A Strong Thing: Music of Freedom and Rembrance by Living Women Composers” Concerts


Bob Bronzo

Monday, May 2, 2011, New York, NY – To close its eighteenth concert season, the Empire City Men’s Chorus, New York City’s only predominantly gay men’s choir dedicated to the performance of classical music, is excited to present “Song Is A Strong Thing:  Music of Freedom and Remembrance By Living Women Composers” in Manhattan and New Haven,Connecticut.  Performances will take place on Saturday, May 21st at 8:00 PM at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 West 71st Street, Manhattan; Sunday, May 22nd at 4:00 PM at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan; and Saturday, June 4th (with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus) at 8:00 PM at Battell Chapel at Yale University, 400 College Street, New Haven. 

This very special program, designed to recognize the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day and to reflect the Chorus’s support of the United Nation’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, will feature works by four women composers:  Eleanor Daley, Dorothy Hindman, Christina Whitten Thomas, and Gwyneth Walker.  Together, these women are helping sustain and shape the current choral music landscape, and the Empire City Men’s Chorus is honored to be presenting their works.

Stirring and passionate music married to the poetry of Langston Hughes (“Harlem Songs”); Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Walt Whitman; and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; among others, will resonate long after the last notes are sung, as these pieces boldly embody the struggle for freedom and the often bittersweet emotions of remembrance.  As the words of Mr. Hughes remind us, and with the music of these talented women, “song is a strong thing,” indeed.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Christopher Clowdus and Principal Accompanist William Buthod, the 2010-11 season has been an extraordinary one for the Empire City Men’s Chorus. In the fall, the Chorus performed with comedian and activist Margaret Cho in her “Cho Dependent Tour” at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.  On November 23rd, the Chorus performed a world premiere commission (by Ms. Hindman) at the United Nations, in support of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign.  (This work will be on the current program.)  The Winter Concert, “Better Day A Comin’,” an evening of spirituals and gospel music, was joyously received by audiences in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and will soon be available on CD.

For further information about the May/June concerts and the Chorus, or to obtain tickets, please visit www.empirecitymenschorus.org or call 212.545.4110.