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Feminine Tone Spring Concerts

On Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the North Universalist Chapel in Woodstock at 7 Church Street and on Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m. at the Springfield Congregational Church at 77 Main Street, the Feminine Tone women's chorus will celebrate our musical origins and the human connection they inspire.

The "Rhythms of our World" concert, directed by Maricel Lucero, award winning soprano and founder and director of the chorus, will feature master percussionist Hafiz Shabazz, director of the World Percussion Ensemble of Dartmouth College, Rafael Flores, guitarist and composer, and pianist Charles Houmard, music director of CT's Pomfret School and director of local women's classical chorus, Cantabile. The Feminine Tone chorus also welcomes the musical offerings of Becky Tracy, well known fiddle player in the traditional music band, Nightingale.

In "Rhythms of our World," the chorus will sing traditional music from around the world, including Appalachian, Celtic, Latin American, and jazz.

Appalachian folk music, with its English roots and unlimited passion, will be evident in such moving standards as "Barbara Allen" and "Ten Thousand Miles." A raucous "Cripple Creek," enhanced by fiddle, will present a contrasting mood of whimsical joy. An Irish set will include a humorous sea shanty and the traditional haunting "Down by the Sally Gardens."

The Latin American set will include a medley of upbeat Cuban folk songs offset by a moving arrangement of "La Bella Cubana," with director Lucero as the soloist and Rafael Flores on guitar. A donation of $10.00 will be requested at the door. The Feminine Tone is grateful to its many supporters. Visit www.femininetone.com for more information.

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