shall not be denied

100 years of music by american women

2020 marks 100 years since the adoption of Amendment XIX to the United States Constitution. With this program, we honor the work and achievements of women who fought for the right to vote a century ago. We also honor those who have labored ever since to make this right a reality for all American women.

Join us as we celebrate the music of American women past and present, including recent music by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw (from Roomful of Teeth), Reena Esmail, Rosephanye Powell, and Meredith Monk.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 3 pm
Seattle First Baptist Church

Listen to select excerpts from the program:

Her beacon hand beckons
by Caroline Shaw

Based on Emma Lazarus’ sonnet The New Colossus, famous for its engraving at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

The poem’s lines “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and its reference to the statue’s “beacon-hand” present the image of a hand that is open, beckoning, and strong.

by Reena Esmail

Based on a Hindustani (North Indian) musical form, whose closest Western counterpart is the ‘scat’ in jazz. Made up of rhythmic syllables, a tarana is the singer’s chance to display agility and dexterity. 

The composer writes: “ Three years after I wrote this piece, the #metoo movement, created by Tarana Burke broke on social media. It occurred to me that the title of this piece, if read a different way, literally means “We are all Tarana.” I couldn’t believe the incredible coincidence that this work, a powerful 3-minute tidal wave of sound, written for an all-female ensemble from the oldest women’s college in the country, bore this name. I’m so grateful for what this movement has done to move the discussion forward about the horrors we face as women, and how we can begin to change and heal our society.”

Choral de Betes
by Christina Whitten Thomas

This collection of poems is a series of prayers offered by the animals of God’s Kingdom. As each animal contemplates the trials and joys they face in life, they reveal strengths and weaknesses to which we, as human beings, can discover a surprising connection.

Accessibility at our venues:

Seattle First Baptist Church is accessible for those with mobility issues - they may enter via the glass doors on Harvard (between Seneca and Spring) to use the elevator; there is also a passenger drop-off zone located just outside these doors. Once the choir has completed warmups in the sanctuary, the ramp from the parking lot on Seneca and Boylston may be used by any who need it and have tickets in hand.  

Trinity Lutheran Church is accessible for those with mobility issues - the church is on the same level as the large parking lot, and there is a passenger drop-off zone with a ramp located just outside the main doors. 

Free tickets for furloughed government employees.

Following the lead of our colleagues at the Seattle Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and many others, we are offering free tickets to all furloughed Federal employees for our Pacific Voices and Passion and Resurrection concerts. You deserve continued access to a full and vibrant creative life even as you make sacrifices. Thank you.

Each Federal employee is eligible to receive a pair of general admission tickets per concert, based on availability, with a valid government ID. Please call 206-781-2766 or email us to reserve your tickets in advance.