The Plateau Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Dana Beal, is thrilled to present its fall concert, “Songs in the Key of She” with orchestra on November 13 at 3 p.m. at Crossville First United Methodist Church, 100 Braun St.
This show will also welcome the community’s newest children’s choir, Les Jeunes Chanteurs du Plateau.
PWC will also perform at the Crossville Art Circle Public Library Concert at noon on Wednesday, November 1, but without an orchestra or the Young Singers. The concerts are free, and the public is invited.
The female choir will sing the premiere of “Come, Sing Unto Our God!” which was commissioned for PWC and composed by Heather Sorenson, who will be on hand at the November 13 concert as guest conductor.
Other pieces arranged by Sorenson, which will be performed at the concert, include “Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” and “The Blessing”.
PWC member Angela Anderson will perform “The Prayer” and “The Blessing” with her mentor, Diane Pulte. Pulte is currently a member of the vocal faculty at Tennessee Technological University. A native of Texas, she has performed various roles with the Dallas Opera including Madame Butterfly, The Mikado and has also performed as a soloist for Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion. Ms. Anderson and Dr. Pulte are delighted to perform together again.
““Songs In the Key of She” will feature music from female composers such as Moira Smiley’s “Bring Me Little Water” with rhythmic body percussion. “Love Is” by Abbie Betinis, is based on Gregorian chant and accompanied by the orchestra playing “Canon in D.” Other selections include Nina Simone’s jazzy “Feeling Good,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “The Rose/Lo, How A Rose,” and Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” featuring soloist Lindsey Akin , Cumberland County High School music prof.
The new community children’s choir will be presented at the concert on November 13th. The Young Singers of the Plateau has 19 members aged 7 to 16 and hail from Cookeville and Crossville. Boys and girls will sing “Glorious” with orchestra. They will also sing “Three Quotes by Mark Twain”, “Humble and Kind” and “Rocky Top”. The children’s choir was founded under the aegis of PWC and is directed by Dana Beal.
Zoe Grace Cooper, a young harpist, will perform a solo. She surprised the spring 2022 audience with her advanced professionalism and high level of musicality. Cooper studied the harp for over five years and is also studying the violin. She loves reading, math, art, cats, and Ms. Cam’s ballet class. Cooper is co-president of the Young Singers of the Plateau with Joshua Cruz. Last summer, Cooper and Cruz met with community leaders Beal and Ann Looney and approved a constitution and bylaws. The mission of the Young Singers is “…to encourage personal, social and musical growth, to work as a team to achieve the highest possible excellence in performance and to add to the quality of singing and the musical life of the community”.
The Sunday, November 13 “Songs in the Key of She” concert is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Purchase your specialty arts license plate and support the arts by going to tnspecialtyplates.org/purchase-a-specialty-plate/.
For more information or to support the Plateau Women’s Choir and Young Singers of the Plateau, email Dana Beal, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 305-393-2278. Visit PWC-Plateau Women’s Chorus on Facebook and check out their website: plateauwomenschorus.org