Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Muse at Antioch

Community sing and concert with Cincinnati-based women’s choir

Antioch College will host a community sing and concert with MUSE, a Cincinnati-based women’s choir, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the South Gym on the College campus. Tickets are not required. Instead, donations of cash and/or non-perishable food items are encouraged and will benefit the Community Food Pantry at the Yellow Springs Methodist Church.

The Community Sing and Concert is a kick-off to Women’s History month. Music selections include anthems to women’s, LGBT, and social justice causes. The concert will feature two 45-minute sets in which MUSE will sing five or six pieces, then lead audience members in a group sing of three or four pieces. Local artists Melissa Heston, Mary White, and the Wheels will join MUSE for various numbers.

Founded in 1984 by Cathy Roma, MUSE is a women’s choir dedicated to musical excellence and social change. The group includes women of varied ages, races, and ethnicities with a range of musical abilities, political interests, and life experiences. MUSE commissions and seeks out music composed by women, pieces written to enhance the sound of women’s voices, and songs that honor the enduring spirit of all peoples. Their performances strive to entertain, inspire, motivate, heal and create a feeling of community with the audience.

MUSE has released five CDs and now performs in about 30 venues each season. The group has grown to 60 singers with a repertoire of more than 100 songs, both original compositions and new choral arrangements.

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