For Immediate Release: 20 March 2017
CONCORD, N.H.— Songweavers women’s community chorus will celebrate the community and togetherness of voices joined in song in their annual spring concert at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St. in downtown Concord.
“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.”
“Lean On Me,” Bill Withers’ well-known song, sets the theme for this uplifting concert. In this concert, the Songweavers will explore how music and community help us manage trying times. From “Trouble and Woe,” written by Ruth Moody of the Wailin’ Jennies, to an inspired arrangement of “Let the River Run,” by Carly Simon, to the traditional tune “I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always” and the call and response tune “Put One Foot In Front of the Other and Lead With Love,” written recently by Melanie DeMore, this year’s musical selections create a haven of hope, heart, and guidance.
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.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ccmusicschool.org or call (603) 228-1196.
About the Songweavers Director
Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano, is an extraordinarily versatile performer. She holds master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Lesley College and in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory. Director of the Songweavers women’s community chorus at the Concord Community Music School, where she also presents Vibrant Voice workshops, Peggo has been a soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony, the Granite State Symphony, the Concord Chorale, and the Musicians of Wall Street. In recital, she has premiered works written for her by William Fletcher and Thomas Oboe Lee. In 2009, Peggo premiered Kaddish, a new work about the Holocaust by Lawrence Siegel. Peggo has recorded six CDs with her husband, Paul Hodes, in their groups Peggosus and Peggo & Paul, two of which won Parents’ Choice Awards. Peggo has recorded numerous other CDs, including with femme m’amie, a solo CD, Peggo: In Love, and recently, Homeward Bound with Larksong Trio. Peggo loves to sing anytime, anywhere.
About the Concord Community Music School
Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens and children of all musical abilities, 53 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.