Alysia Lee: Say Her Name
The C21 Women's Ensemble performs Alysia Lee's composition "Say Her Name," a piece borne out of the #SayHerName movement resisting police brutality against Black women.
Soloist: Aisha Ellis
Oja Gjeilo: Days of Beauty
The C21 Women's Ensemble performs "Days of Beauty," a setting of the Emily Bronte poem composed by Oja Gjeilo.
Tagore/Alexander: Faith is the Bird
Chicago's C21 Women's Ensemble under the direction of Martha Swisher sings "Faith is the Bird" composed by Elizabeth Alexander, text by Rabindranath Tagore.
Nicole Henderson, Alto Soloist
Mark Thomas: Ave Maris Stella
One of the songs from our public performance at Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL on June 28, 2014. This is Mark Thomas's lovely "Ave Maris Stella," with exquisite solo work by Martina Reese. The director is Martha Swisher, the violinist is Chris Nemeth, and Cassie Makeeff is the pianist.
Gilkyson/Hella Johnson: Requiem
Eliza Gilkyson wrote "Requiem" after the tsunami that struck Asia in 2004, composing it as "an invocation to compassion and as a song of prayer and comfort."
Craig Hella Johnson wrote of his arranging this song:
"When I first heard this profound and pristinely simple song, as a duet beautifully sung by Eliza and her daughter, I 'heard' the invitation for it to be sung communally. I wrote this simple choral arrangement hoping to let the song speak clearly and meaningfully for itself and to give many people an opportunity to experience its universal themes."