Songs of Wisdom

16 Nov 2013

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Venue:

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Time:

8:00PM

Presenting Organization/Ensemble:

Vox Femina Los Angeles

Conductor/Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Iris S. Levine

The chorus was founded in January 1997 by Dr. Iris S. Levine and Stacey L. Poston. When the 21 founding members of Vox Femina Los Angeles (Vox) first appeared on stage as guest artists with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) in April 1997, their much-heralded debut added a sparkling new dimension to the cultural life of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region.
Since that time, Vox has quickly established itself as one of the premier women’s choruses in the United States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of which can be heard on several recordings. It has actively fulfilled its mission through an aggressive schedule of performancestouring and educational outreach . Vox has demonstrated its support and encouragement of living composers through commissioning new works.
In June 2013, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA) invited Vox to make FCCLA our official home.  We are delighted to join Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Susan Leary and all the staff and members of FCCLA.  Offering traditional worship, progressive values and inspiring community, FCCLA has created a warm and welcoming spiritual home in the heart of Los Angeles.  The arts are integral to FCCLA and interwoven into their community. Home to the world's largest church pipe organ, FCCLA also boasts stunning architecture.  Sitting for a moment in the sanctuary will inspire your soul.  Vox is proud to call FCCLA home and look forward to performing here several times each year.  Check our concert schedule and mark your calendar so that you too can enjoy the strength, beauty and peace you'll find in this beautiful oasis.  Visit www.fccla.org for more information.

Knowledge, understanding, insight, perception: these are all aspects of wisdom. When we imagine what wisdom looks like, we think of a face where the eyes reveal a certain knowing. Something deep and profound, highlighted by the wrinkles of time… the sagacity of our mothers and grandmothers; of saints and sages; poets and scholars. Travel on a transcendent journey as Vox tells stories of time in a powerful concert entitled, Songs of Wisdom. Hear it, feel it, experience this one-of-a-kind concert that is not to be missed.
Vox will share stage with members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles in an extraordinary presentation of Song of Wisdom from Old Turtle – a musical fantasy by Joseph M. Martin written for mixed chorus and narrator. The composition is masterfully adapted from a book: Old Turtle, by author Douglas Wood.
Book excerpt: Long ago, an argument arose between mountains and rivers, stars and ants, lions and bears on the nature of God. A terrible cacophony of quarreling voices rang out until wise Old Turtle quelled the din, explaining that "God is all that we dream of and all that we seek...

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