Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Concerts Explore Depth, Emotions of Women's Voices.(Final)

Byline: Joanne Sheehy Hoover For the Journal

REVIEW

Thursday evening's stunning program by the 10 women of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale two days after an electrifying season opener by the men has set off eager anticipation of Tuesday's first joint concert.

Now in his third year, artistic director Dennis Shrock has shaped an instrument that is wondrously responsive, spirited and versatile. As the men's program did for the male side, this evening plumbed the particular virtues of female voices and then some, going far beyond any stereotypes to amaze and delight. Virility was only one aspect of the men's performance. So, too, was the tenderness of the women, whose emotional field ranged widely, from courage to mockery to mystery. …

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