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¡Viva la Revolución!

28 January 2008

The Denver Women’s Chorus performed a concert with Emma’s Revolution last night, called “Singing to the Other Side”. Normally, I only attend the afternoon show, but I was so taken with the music that I decided to see the evening show as well.

Take Note!, © 2008 Neon TapirEmma's Revolution, © 2008 Neon Tapir
Denver Women's Chorus, © 2008 Neon Tapir

The chorus began with “Freedom Is Coming”, sung by the choir against the back walls of the church. During the song, Take Note!, DWC’s small ensemble, came forward and sang a couple of nice pieces, especially the gospel number “Plenty Good Room”. Then the chorus introduced Emma’s Revolution.

Emma’s Revolution is a two-person act, Pat (“Emma”) and her partner Sandy (“The Revolution”).They are charming, both possessing a wry sense of humor. They are renown for their activist message, and it was evident in their six-song set. They played for us a song that isn’t on an album yet, “Women Say No”, as well as some of their older works, like “What Do We Tell Our Children?” All were preceded by an anecdote, and these women have done some incredible things.

After a short intermission, the DWC performed. I enjoyed the selection of African freedom songs, as always, but perhaps the most poignant piece was “Swimming to the Other Side”, which Pat herself wrote. She said it was odd not singing it with the chorus, but it made her cry every time they performed it.

Then Emma’s Revolution joined the chorus for “Peace, Salaam, Shalom”, and the show ended with a joint reprise of “Freedom is Coming”.

Afterwards, I got a chance to talk to Pat and Sandy a little bit. They seem like genuinely warm human beings who care deeply about social change.

Thank you, Denver Women’s Chorus, for a delightful evening!

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