In celebration of International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8, the World House Choir will present Bread and Roses, an exhilarating and wide-ranging program at the Foundry Theater, 920 Corry St. in Yellow Springs at 7 pm.
Our title and opening song, “Bread and Roses” comes out of the 1912 women’s textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The song simply states: we want both bread [a living wage, fair compensation, equal pay for equal work] and roses [beauty, art…we also want to flourish].
Other works by the World House Choir will feature two young dynamic women soloists: Eliza Minde Berman singing “Rise Up” and Erica McKinney singing “Say Her Name.” The final song, “Union Maid” features two more vibrant soloists when Chloe Manor and Lori Askeland join the string band to end with this rousing audience sing-along that we perform to honor the life and work of filmmaker Julia Reichert.
On this International Women’s Day, the choir will also be joined and lifted up by the following women’s voices:
- Nasrin Shahinpoor, economics professor at Hanover College, will speak about the women rising up in Iran,
- Ashley Perry will dance to powerful song “Stand Up,” from the film Harriet,
- Nikole Rosaria will sing three short tarantellas from southern Italy, and
- Omope Carter Daboiku, storyteller extraordinaire, will weave the threads together.
Admission is free, donations are welcome. Childcare is provided, but you must make reservations by calling 937-207-1517 by March 1.