Hope is the Thing With Feathers: A Salute to Poetry

The Programme in PDF.

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Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2 P.M. (Mountain Time).

Broomfield Auditorium – 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020

Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors (or pay what you can pay)

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The live-stream is free, though donations are gratefully accepted!
(Send a cheque made out to B.C.A.H. with ASTER Concert in the memo line to Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities, P.O. Box 681, Broomfield, CO 80038-0681 or visit www.artsinbroomfield.org to give online and designate your donation for ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir in the drop down menu.)

About the composers.


E. Pauline Johnson (1861 – 1913) was one of Canada’s most popular and successful entertainers at the turn of the 20th century. The daughter of a Mohawk Native-Canadian father and an English mother she adopted the name “Tekahionwake,” at age thirty-one. She created a Mohawk costume, and began touring Canada giving recitals of her poetry, comedy routines and plays. She was the first Native poet to have her work published in Canada, and was one of the few female writers at the time to make a living from what she wrote and performed. ASTER will be singing Sarah Quartel’s setting of Johnson’s poem The Bird’s Lullaby.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Though she was a recluse during her lifetime, today she is one of the best known of all American poets. She wrote nearly 1800 poems. Hope is the thing with feathers is among the most familiar of her works. ASTER will be singing Susan LeBarr’s setting of this famous poem. The solo vocal pieces which will be performed on the concert were composed by Vincent Persichetti including the humorous poem I’m Nobody.


Susan Stewart (b. 1952) is both a poet and a scholar. In an interview at the University of Pennsylvania, Susan Stewart said that her primary goal as a poet is “to get people to read more slowly, and to reread, and to read a whole book and go back to the beginning of the book and see connections.” She is the recipient of a “Genius Award” from the MacArthur Foundation which noted that her poetry makes “strange and disorienting that which we usually take to be familiar and of common sense.” ASTER will perform James Primosch’s setting of her poem Cinder, from his song cycle Holy the Firm. He arranged this song specifically for the choir at the director’s request because they were friends in graduate school.


Christie Dickason (b. 1942) is known as a novelist, poet and teacher. She brings a diverse background to her work including four years as a director and choreographer with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has lived in many countries and ASTER thinks that she has a wonderful sense of humour. The choir will perform Cecilia MacDowell’s setting of Would Like to Meet.

At the present time, ASTER does not know what requirements may be in place at the Broomfield Auditorium in November for those who wish to attend in person. Please know that your health and safety comes first, AND that we will find a way to share our music in the best way possible.

ASTER has fallen in love with many new pieces on this concert and we think that our audience members will too!

Tickets available from choir members or at the door. You can also obtain tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.

Divine Daughters II

Presented by The Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities and ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir

ASTER Choir

Soothe your soul and refresh your spirit with sacred music that includes beautiful songs such as Imnant Raminsh’s Missa Brevis in C Minor, Duke Ellington’s Come Sunday, Michael Head’s Ave Maria, Kathleen Fagre’s O Unico Amore with text by Mother Cabrini, His Eye is on the Sparrow, and How Can I Keep from Singing.

$15 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors

https://asterdivinedaughters.brownpapertickets.com/

Saturday, November 9, 2019 2 p.m.
Broomfield Auditorium
3 Community Park Road
Broomfield, CO 80020

Choir members, family and friends shine in the spotlight

This fun fundraising event features Broomfield High School Alums Sarah Kochevar and Ellie Hackbarth, Sara Gita, the Mahan Family, Bluegrass Duo Carolyn Crouse and Patrick O’Kelly and members of the choir and guest artists singing their hearts out.

Appropriate for ages 10 and older.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, 80020

Free and Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $15

For additional information contact Tinaregina@aol.com or call 303-466-2879

ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir’s Spring Concert “Women of the Great American Songbook”

ASTER Choir

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2 PM
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020
Tickets: Adults $12, Students and Seniors $8
Appropriate for ages 7 and older.
Tickets available at the door and through
https://astergreatamericansongbook.brownpapertickets.com

Navajo Women


This concert has something for everyone! In addition to Girl Group tunes Java Jive, Mister Sandman, and Heebie Jeebies along with Tin Pan Alley favorites I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, On the Sunny Side of the Street, and You Oughta Be in Pictures, ASTER includes music not typically associated with “The Great American Songbook”. Audience members will hear lullabies, courting songs, and hymns traditionally sung by Navajo and Appalachian women including I Gave My Love a Cherry and Down to the River to Pray. Whether it was Dorothy Fields writing snappy lyrics, women singing while they worked and worshiped or sister acts entertaining the troops and those at home, American women have made a great contribution to the history of American music. Come join us and bring a friend!

Appalachian Singer

Celtic Celebration

Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities presents
Celtic Celebration
with ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir

Aster Women's Chamber Choir

Aster Women’s Chamber Choir

Saturday, November 10th at 2 PM
At the Broomfield Auditorium 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield 80020

Celtic Duo

Celtic Duo

The choir will perform favorite lullabies, and music sung in pubs, and churches including Morning Has Broken, Suo Gan, Danny Boy, Colcannon, Dream Angus and other favorites.

Featuring Celtic Duo
Beth Gadbaw and Margot Krimmel

Admission: $12 Adults
$8 Students/Seniors

Tickets available at the door and astercelticcelebration.brownpapertickets.com
Advance purchase recommended.

For additional information contact Tinaregina@aol.com or call 303-466-2879