“Music in the Air”


If you’re looking for some wholesome entertainment options in Hoboken – check out the Catigas Women’s Choir tomorrow night at 7:30pm!

Cantigas Womens Choir Hoboken NJ Music in the Air

Hoboken Choir Presents Spring Concert on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.

“Hoboken’s all-women community chorus, Cantigas Women’s Choir, presents its seventh annual spring concert entitled MUSIC in the AIR on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Trinity Church at 57 Eighth Street (at Hudson Street) in Hoboken, N.J. The suggestion donation is $15 ($5 for seniors and students).

Joan Isaacs Litman directs the chorus, with accompaniment by assistant director Erasmia Voukelatos and guest organist Richard Brode, in a rich repertoire celebrating the joyful sounds of choral music from the Americas. The concert’s title is taken from the lyrics of the infectious gospel piece, Music Down in My Soul, arranged by Moses Hogan, which serves as the centerpiece of the show (and is sure to be a song audience will walk away singing!).


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Other African-American classics include the traditional spiritual gospel tune Ain’t That News arranged by Stephen Hatfield, as well as the folk songs Take This Hammer popularized by Leadbelly, Run Children Run, a field yell arranged by Stephen Hatfield, and Where Will I Be? by William Grant Still. The choir also brings in the sounds of Latin America with Pala Pala Pulpero arranged by Alberto Ginastera and Summer in Buenos Aries by the preeminent composer of the tango, Astor Piazzolla, as well as the work of contemporary Canadian composers with Come, Ye Makers of Song by Ruth Watson Henderson and a Psalm Trilogy by Srul Irving Glick, originally commissioned for the Toronto’s Children Chorus for a young girl’s bat mitzvah.

The classical highlight of the concert will be the choral masterpiece Alleluia by American composer Randall Thompson, who is widely considered one of the foremost American choral composers of the twentieth century. This is his most well-known piece and was written for the opening of the Berkshire Center at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and now opens the festival each year.

Cantigas Women’s Choir, named after a medieval Spanish song form called a “cantiga,” is composed of 40 women of varying ages and backgrounds and brings women of the community together to explore the rich tradition of women’s singing. The group performs a broad spectrum of global music and advocates through song for those whose hearts need to be uplifted and whose voices need to be heard, performing regularly with the inmates of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, N.J., and other community groups. Litman founded the group in September 2002.

Director Joan Isaacs Litman is a native of Los Angeles and has been a choral director in the New York metropolitan area for 30 years. She was awarded with the prestigious “Educator of the Year Award” by the Organization of American Kodály Educators in Washington D.C., in March. She also received the first “Excellence in Teaching” award from Westminster Choir College. Litman is a member of the music faculty of the United Nations International School in Manhattan and a member of the summer faculty at the Kodály Institute at Capital University. In April 2008, Litman was the guest conductor at the American International School in Even Yehuda, Israel, and her United Nations International School children’s chorus performed for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York last year. Additionally, Litman is the author of Caravan of Song: Songs of the Middle East. She is a founder and Music Director Emerita of Mustard Seed School in Hoboken.

Cantigas Official Web Site: www.cantigas.net

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My friend sings for this choir. I can’t make it to the performance but hope the singers and attendees enjoy it all!