Save the Date of Sunday, April 14th, at 4pm for the revolutionary Songweavers Concert.
Songweavers women’s community chorus will celebrate the community and togetherness of voices joined in song in their annual spring concert at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th, at First Congregational Church, 508 Union Street, Manchester.
“What we create is so much more than music,” says director Peggo Horstmann Hodes. “Music is the vehicle. Community is the result. We come every week for the sustenance of both.”
Based on the belief that everyone can sing, the Songweavers chorus learns songs by rote, in the African-American tradition. Music-reading skills are not a prerequisite. The chorus’s repertoire includes music from many ethnic traditions. Singing is mostly a cappella, although drums and other instruments are often used as accompaniment.
The Songweaver Drummers, who perform with the chorus, explore African-style hand drumming and other percussion, including agogos (bells), shakers, and claves. The group includes drummers Grace Schust, Lindsey Schust, Emilie Meadows, and Peg O’Neil, who learned their craft from Baba Olatunji, a renowned African drummer who brought the style to the United States.
For tickets and more information, call the First Congregational Church at 603-625-5093. Tickets cost $15 for Seniors and Students, $20 for Adults.