SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 14, 2012

All-women's chorus to sing in Swampscott

By Gail McCarthy Staff writer
The Salem News

---- — SWAMPSCOTT — Sorellanza: Sisters in Song will perform “Fall Classics” in Swampscott on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Name on Monument Avenue.

The a cappella choral group, started seven years ago and led by Patti Pike, is composed of 17 women who share their love of singing. They have a wide repertoire, ranging from Renaissance works to Broadway, sacred songs, madrigals, Beatles and jazz.

The repertoire for this concert includes Native American and African-American music and Shaker songs, plus music of The Beatles, Cyndi Lauper and Coldplay.

Nancy Goodman, a new member of the group, said one of the delights of Sorellanza is singing with women from ages 18 to 88.

“Patti Pike creates an atmosphere of love and support,” Goodman said. “We actually begin each rehearsal in a circle giving each other back rubs.”

“One of the beautiful aspects of singing in chorus is that, in contrast to our highly individualistic culture, Sorellanza’s goal is to blend our unique voices into a mix, so that no one voice stands out from the rest. That in itself is a sublime experience.”

Songs featured in this concert include “Now I Walk in Beauty,” “Honey in the Rock,” “Songbird,” “Time After Time,” “This Girl,” “All My Loving,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Fix You,” “Love is Little,” “The Rose,” “Water Come a Me Eye,” “Wish Upon a Star,” “Earth Angel/Sh-Boom” and “Johnny Angel.”

Most of the chorus members are from the Cape Ann area, but two are from Beverly. This year, Pike invited high school singers to sit in with the group.

Tickets are $12. For more information, contact Anne Stevens at 978-281-6417 or visit sorellanza.com.