Message from the Director
This June 2nd the Chorale is proud to celebrate our 70th Annual Spring Concert. Our program, entitled “Goin’ Down the Road” presents many songs that explore the concept of a physical or emotional journey, many in a particularly American fashion.
Setting out on the road can mean freedom and exhilaration, as exemplified by John Leavitt’s “The Open Road”, with lyrics from Walt Whitman’s masterpiece ”Leaves of Grass”, or Bobby Troup’s memorable “Route 66”, indelibly linked to America’s romance with the automobile.
Solitude, loss, and sad exits are portrayed in the spiritual “Motherless Child”, the folk blues “Goin’ Down That Road,” and James Taylor’s “That Lonesome Road.” Bob Dylan’s bittersweet “Don’t Think Twice” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” tell of love lost, while the sassy “Hit the Road Jack” says good riddance to bad rubbish!
The exhilaration and support of forging ahead together is celebrated in “Together Wherever We Go” from Broadway’s “Gypsy”, the whimsical “Wink and a Smile”, and “Lean On Me”.
Finally, the anticipation of a joyous homecoming is imagined in the spiritual “Going Home,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and the inimitable Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To.”
We’re tickled to have a special guest artist, blues man and steel guitarist Juke Joint Jonny (aka John Rizzo) join us for several numbers. Accompanist Stephen Evans returns for his third season with DWC, and is joined by many other musicians you’ve come to enjoy in the past few seasons.
A silent auction, audience sing-along, and special “anniversary” treats at our reception following will make for a lovely afternoon for you and your family. Wherever your journeys take you this spring, we very much hope you’ll join us at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2nd at St. Matthew in Walnut Creek.
Until then, “Happy Trails to You”!
Diablo Women’s Chorale