Women's ensemble songs honor earth

November 02, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Continuing a theme of advocacy, the Antietam Women's Ensemble will open its third season this weekend with Songs for the Earth, a concert program featuring music with environmental conservation themes.

The Women's Ensemble will perform Saturday at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherds-town, W.Va., and will perform the same program Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg. The women's ensemble is an all-female community chorus that aims to bring both entertaining and "thought-provoking" music to audiences, according to Georgiann Toole, ensemble director.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Student Conservation Association, a national organization of high school-and college-age volunteers who are committed to protecting and preserving the environment, Toole said.

According to the Antietam Women's Ensemble's Web site, past shows last year helped aid efforts to rebuild public libraries in New Orleans and to restore Tolson's Chapel in Sharpsburg.


Proceeds from the ensemble's show next spring, which will focus on love songs from around the world, will likely go toward hunger relief efforts, Toole said.

"Musicians are fond of saying that music speaks to the heart in a way that words can't," Toole said, of why the chorale chooses to take up social causes. "I believe that. So I looked for a way to put that into action."

If you go ...

WHAT: Antietam Women's Ensemble presents Songs for the Earth


· 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at National Conservation Training Center, near Shepherdstown, W.Va.

· 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Sharpsburg.

COST: Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

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