Calendar of Events

The following are women related events in the area including ones not sponsored by WWHP.  WWHP sponsored events are indicated by our logo.

Ongoing Events

"Dresses: Fight or Flight" by Alicia Dwyer
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 1/28/2017 - 7/15/2017
ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free
For more information, e-mail info@artsworcester.org.

May 2017

"The Shelter of a Neat and Well-Ordered Home"
Thursday, 5/4/2017 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA - Free with admission
Anne Gibson, Associate Director of Content Marketing and Clark University, will share the early 20th century history of the Worcester Temporary Home and Day Nursery.
For more information, e-mail info@worcesterhistory.net.

Sharon Smith-Viles: "An Affair with Asian Art: A Retrospective" Opening Reception
Sunday, 5/7/2017 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Open to the Public
The Gallery at Briarwood will host an Opening Reception for artist Sharon Smith-Viles exhibit, An Affair With Asian Art: A Retrospective." This exhibit showcases Sharons 25 years of working with Chinese brush painting and woodblock printing. Light refreshments will be served in the Gallery. The exhibit continues through July 6.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Communities of Song
Sunday, 5/7/2017 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free-will donation
"Communities of Song," a multicultural concert will be presented by the Shir Joy Chorus, Band of Voices, Wesley Choir, and Wesley Ghanaian Choir at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Conceived of and produced by Nan AK Gibbons, director of both the Shir Joy Chorus and Band of Voices, the concert will bring together several Worcester County choral groups in a multicultural concert, under the direction of Ms Gibbons and Brett Maguire, Minister of Music at the Wesley Church. A donation may be made as a free-will offering to benefit the Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA.

Each of the four groups will perform repertoire from their own unique repertoire, and then come together for a grand finale with all choirs singing together. The concert is intended to highlight the rich cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity among choral groups in Worcester county. Shir Joy Chorus from Westborough will present selections of Jewish music, the Band of Voices from Barre will sing both world folk music and pieces related to central Massachusetts traditions and seasons, Worcester's Wesley Choir will present more traditional church choral music, while the Wesley Ghanaian Choir will bring selections from the African Ghanaian Methodist repertoire. A final set including all choirs will include both an American and a South African spiritual, and two original pieces from the local composer and artistic director of Shir Joy and Band of Voices. These emphasize both a valuing of the richness of our diversity, and the music and humanity we share.

The concert is supported, in part, by the Worcester Arts Council, a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, contact Nan AK Gibbons at ShirJoyMA@gmail.com.

Shir Joy Chorus
Shir Joy Chorus is an adult, transdenominational community chorus, dedicated to learning, sharing, and performing Jewish music from the rich and varied Judaic cultures of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. The Chorus performs music in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino. Founded in 2011, it is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, funded by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, the Westborough Cultural Council and the Worcester Arts Council (members of the Massachusetts Cultural Council), and private supporters. The chorus is non-auditioned and is open to all people regardless of ethnicity or religious background.

Shir Joy is a musical organization dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of the breadth and beauty of Jewish culture through performances and related activities. In addition to its two annual concerts at Congregation B'nai Shalom in Westborough, the Chorus performs at other venues such as Arts in Common in Westborough (for the Westborough Cultural Council), Yom Hashoah Commemoration in Worcester, Northborough Community Meals, and Central MA Pastoral Counseling Center fundraisers.


Band of Voices
The Band of Voices is celebrating their 20th year as an intergenerational chorus of the people, land, seasons, history, and traditions of central Massachusetts. Though their repertoire sources are worldwide, concerts always include some New England music, local composers, connections to nature, seasons and spirituality. The group's two main concerts each year occur as close to the Solstices as possible. For Band of Voices, rehearsals are a way to feed the soul; a rich experience of music and community. Concerts are a way of celebrating community with their faithful, enthusiastic audience, which deepens with every performance and each passing year. Traditions include singalong pieces, sumptuous post-concert refreshments, free concerts, and passing a hat to cover expenses or to donate to a worthy cause. The 26 current members of the BoV hail from Barre, Petersham, Phillipston, Hardwick, Oakham, Wendell, Ware, Hubbardston, Spencer, and Lancaster.

Wesley United Methodist Choirs
Both the Wesley Choir and Ghanaian Choir have active leadership roles in worship services, leading the singing of hymns, both old and new, and presenting choral anthems at Wesley United Methodist Church. The cathedral-like sanctuary of the church was designed with music and worship as priorities. Since the church's inception in 1927, the Wesley Choir has sung at Sunday worship services from September to June, and at all other major worship events. They present choral anthems that give deep biblical texts a rich spiritual presentation. Their anthems are chosen from a rich and diverse heritage: from ancient motets of the Middle Ages (when sacred choral music began) to music being written today. They also present many major choral works, alone and in combination with other choral singers.

The Ghanaian Choir is a dynamic component of the music program at Wesley United Methodist Church. They present lively weekly anthems full of the rhythms, scales and movements of their traditions. They are active participants in the National Choir Conference of Ghanaian Methodist Choirs in North America. Perhaps the most moving part of both choirs' service to Wesley's multicultural congregation is their weekly collaboration singing a broad repertoire together from Bach to hymns to exciting musical praise in the Ghanaian/African tradition.
Sponsored by: Worcester Arts Council
For more information, e-mail ShirJoyMA@gmail.com.

Sharon Smith-Viles exhibit, An Affair With Asian Art: A Retrospective."
Monday, 5/8/2017 - Thursday, 7/6/2017 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Open to the Public
The Gallery at Briarwood's newest exhibit, An Affair With Asian Art: A Retrospective showcases Sharons 25 years of working with Chinese brush painting and woodblock printing. Light refreshments will be served in the Gallery. The exhibit continues through July 6.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

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