Since 1992, Aurora Chorus has honored the strength and beauty of women’s lives through the fine art of choral singing. Aurora was founded on the belief that music can be a powerful instrument of peace—locally, globally, and in the hearts of all who sing and all who listen.

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First rehearsal for Fall term is September 4th with new singer voicing on September 2nd.

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“Great show. These singers have a lot of dedication.”

“It was thrilling to hear the whole blended sounds, clearly enunciated words, beautiful phrasing, emotional expression, and shading produced by all of you as one.”

“Delightful! Fabulous musicality as usual.”

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“Love the diversity of selections — exhaust the limits of the possible.”

“Amazing and wonderful. Very original.”

“As always, your music was deeply moving, uplifting, and perfect for the season.”

“It didn’t last long, but magic doesn’t need to last forever. Thank you, so very much!”

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Become Inspired as You Sing All-Embracing Words that Empower Women, Arouse Hope, and Call For Compassionate Community

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“From the first note to the last I was swept up and suspended in the richness of the program, the passion of your interpretation, and most of all the smiles of joy on your faces as you sang.”

“Lovely concert. Brought me to laughter and tears… sometimes at the same time. Thank you.”

“Fun, musical, thought-provoking, and a wonderful celebration of women.”

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“Malala” now on YouTube

World Premiere of “Malala”
At our March 8th concert The Rising of the Women Is the Rising of Us All, Aurora will be presenting the world premiere of “Malala,” by Joan Szymko, with these lyrics:

I am Malala,
Their bullet did not stop me.
I am Malala,
Their bullet gave me power to raise my voice.
(voice-over: one child, one teacher, one pen, one book can change the world)
I am Malala,
I am afraid of no one.

Joan spoke about her inspiration:
MalalaI wrote “Malala” specifically for this concert. I was motivated to present something that was current and international. And really, the key to women’s rising is education.

I’d been following the story of Malala Yousafzai* for some time, and after seeing the UN speech she gave on her 16th birthday, I was sure I would compose an ode to her for Aurora’s inaugural International Women’s Day concert. It’s a miracle that she survived the Taliban’s attack on her life. She is so young, and so incredibly courageous and inspiring. I also thought her name would be beautiful sung, as it is so musical. “Malala” means “grief stricken” (she was named after a Pashtun poet and warrior woman from southern Afghanistan).

“I Am Malala,” is the name of her memoir. And when she was shot, there were a lot of young people around the world standing up saying, “I am Malala. We’re all Malala,” with the idea that violence cannot stop the human spirit and the will to better oneself. For the text, I watched a lot of Malala on YouTube, selecting quotes and crafting a lyric. “I am afraid of no one” comes from a longer quote. She said, “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.” And really, if you’ve been shot in the head and you survive — if you face that and come out on the other side — what happens to fear?

I listened to music of the Pashtun tribe, which Malala belongs to. I wanted the piece to feel somewhat informed by colors and the sounds of this music, but not to imitate it. I also wanted the piece to be very direct, very strong, like Malala herself — “their bullet did not stop me.” I wanted it to be feminine with a powerful fluidity, which I think it achieves. I wanted it to have a contemporary feel as well — and so there is a bit of a “rap” on a quote from her UN speech in the middle of the piece. There are several Malala songs on YouTube that have a western pop music, “We Are the World” anthem feel. “Malala” is definitely in a different vein.

Watch Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the United Nations.

* Malala Yousafzai is the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a gunshot to the head at the hands of the Taliban. She has since spearheaded the campaign for universal education for children. In 2013 she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


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