Amazing concert last night! We moved several audience members to tears! Too many comments to list but here are a few words to sum them up: powerful, moving, fun, blown away.… so if you didn’t make it yesterday then you definitely won’t want to miss our final performance this afternoon. 3 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. Melody in the Meter: Poetry in Song. What a beautiful combination. Our performance also features a lovely, local string ensemble, Esso, and one of our best supporters, Dave Anderson on soprano saxophone. We hope to see you there and bring the entire family — there is something for everyone including a fun kid’s piece, Jabberwocky.
Following a fun & fantastic spring broadway concert back in May, the Zia Singers took our traditional summer break. Unfortunately, our website goddess also took time off so there were no updates or postings during the summer (as you may have noticed.) But we (and she) are back!!! Rehearsals began last week and our director, Aaron Howe, has some wonderful things planned for our new season. It was great to see our many returning singers including a member who has been gone for 8 years! Plus, we saw some new faces, too! We love new faces! Speaking of which, this is your final call if you are interested in singing with us this season. Just come to our rehearsal tomorrow morning 9:30 – 11:45 at the United Church on Arroyo Chamisa. HAPPY SINGING!
We would also like to announce that the Zia Singers have applied for 501c3 status and are now eligible to receive tax deductible donations!
More info on our concert in January, our program, our status and anything else that pops up to come! Thank you for your interest in our group! Hope to see you soon!
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Bob, our Zia Mascot and “child” of soprano Becky D. Bob was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He will be missed dearly as he attended almost every rehearsal and even a few concerts. Always the gentleman and never short of wags & kisses. RIP Bob.
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Yes, it’s April but we still need to finish celebrating (musical) women for March Women’s History Month. We’re almost done! For March 29, we celebrate Mary J. Blige. She is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411?, in 1992, and has released 11 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.
A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, in addition to receiving a record of thirty Grammy nominations, Blige is one of few entertainers in history to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum status. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time, and Vibe. For her part in combining hip-hop and soul in the early-1990s and its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards. Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from performance rights organization ASCAP, with its official Jeanie Weems stating that “[Blige’s] music has been the voice of inspiration to women worldwide in both struggle and triumph.” Blige made Time magazine’s “Time 100″ list of influential individuals around the world in 2007.
Yes, it’s April but we still need to finish celebrating (musical) women for March Women’s History Month. We’re almost done! For March 28, we recognize Annie Lennox who is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics. With a total of eight Brit Awards, including Best British Female Artist six times, Lennox has won more than any other female artist. She has also been named the “Brits Champion of Champions”.
In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, notable for raising money and awareness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa. In 2011, Lennox was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her “tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes”.
Lennox has been named “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2012, she was rated No. 22 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. She has earned the distinction of “most successful female British artist in UK music history” due to her commercial success since the early 1980s. As of June 2008, including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide.
Musical women in history for March 27, we hear about Debbie Harry who is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She recorded several worldwide number one singles with Blondie during the 1970s and 1980s. She is sometimes considered the first rapper to chart at number one in the United States due to her work on “Rapture”. She has also had success (mainly in Europe) as a solo artist before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s. Her acting career spans over sixty film roles and numerous television appearances.
Musical women in history for March 26, we celebrate Anita Baker. She is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single “Sweet Love”. To date, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album to her credit. Baker’s vocal range is contralto.