On Saturday March 16, Seattle-based Mirinesse Women’s Choir returns to the Olympic Peninsula for one performance. Now in its 13th year, Mirinesse continues to thrill and entertain audiences throughout the Puget Sound region with engaging repertoire and gorgeous sound.
Co-conducted by Pt. Townsend resident Rebecca Rottsolk (who also conducts Pt. Townsend’s RainShadow Chorale), the 65-voice choir will present a varied program featuring composers from Henry Purcell and Clara Schumann to Joan Szymko, Moira Smiley and Ola Gjeilo. The program explores mysteries – the beginning of the universe, the source of creativity, our attraction to myths and magic, and our wonder at the world around us. It also includes some familiar folk songs arranged for women’s voices, and one that is accompanied by body percussion.
In addition to music performed by Mirinesse, the women of RainShadow Chorale will sing two pieces and will join Mirinesse singers for a third. “I’m incredibly proud of RainShadow and the hard work of all our singers to become a first-class choir here. It was the perfect opportunity for RainShadow women to join in. Conducting Mirinesse is a joy for me, and I’m thrilled to share that with our local singers and followers,” said Rottsolk.
Mirinesse, which is old English for joyful women, rehearses and performs during a short period each year, which works well for singers who have busy lives but can find time for the opportunity to be part of such an exceptional group. Two RainShadow singers who make the commute with Rottsolk agree. “It's wonderful doing something this great with a group of people I can completely relate to and who share the same experiences and emotions that are expressed through music. Singing with these ‘joyful women’ truly enriches my life,” said Lisa Hoffman, soprano.
Tickets: $20 suggested donation, available at the door or at www.mirinessewomenschoir.org