Indianapolis Women’s Chorus singers are busy and excited, preparing a wonderful spring concert, My Heart’s Friend, which will be presented next month in conjunction with the Eiteljorg Museum’s upcoming exhibit, Dogs: Faithful and True. The ladies will be singing about loving friendship in all its forms: with other humans, our pets, the Sacred, and the world around us. The diverse program will include jazz, world music, folk, Broadway, and inspiring choral selections.
One of the songs in next month’s concert is Sue Loves Butter, a playful, spirited piece written by Minnesota composer Elizabeth Alexander. It was commissioned by a women’s choir in memory of Sue Fern, a beloved singer and founding member of the chorus, known for her kindness, generosity, love of singing, humor, and zest for life.
IWC Artistic Director Meagan Johnson chose Sue Loves Butter for this concert because of its lighthearted, joyful nature, and its heartfelt expression of one of the truths of friendship: “Joy shared is doubled, and pain shared is cut in two.” Written for 3-part women’s chorus and piano, the piece unabashedly draws on a variety of musical styles, from calypso to tango, and from children’s play songs to marching band.
Toast to friendship
Meagan says, “Singing Sue Loves Butter is just plain FUN. I hope we all have a friend like Sue, whose zest for life is contagious and who inspires us to live in joy! Please join us in March to hear this ‘exuberant toast to friendship’ and many others celebrating our heart’s friends.”
The performances are Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 19th at 3:00 PM. Tickets range from Free to $50.00. Tickets are on sale at IWC’s web-site.