Atlanta Women's Chorus brings its fourth season to a close celebrating the music of the British Isles

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Atlanta Women's Chorus brings its fourth season to a close

celebrating the music of the British Isles
AWC will kick up it’s heels and entertain audiences with traditional and modern music of England, Ireland and Scotland. Two performances Saturday, June 3 at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church.

April 17, 2017 – The Atlanta Women’s Chorus concludes its fourth season on June 3 with a journey to the British Isles, celebrating the music of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Tickets are now available.
Two performances of Gift of the Isles will be presented at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, located in the Poncey-Highland community of Atlanta, on Saturday, June 3 at both 2 and 8 p.m.
Celebrating culture through music

In its final concert of the season, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus pays tribute to the music of some of America’s earliest ancestors: the English, the Irish, and the Scottish. Utilizing authentic musical instruments, traditional dancers, and stylistically appropriate singing, the Chorus aims to paint an accurate portrait of our neighbors across the sea.
Gift of the Isles’ musical homage reflects not only the cultural identity of the Isles themselves, but aspects of American culture as well.
During the cultural migration from the United Kingdom, specifically Scotland, Ireland, and England, landed primarily many landed in the Appalachian region of the United States,” describes Artistic Director Dr. Melissa Arasi, “Bluegrass and folk music styles have roots in the Celts. Layers Much of our of American identity were was constructed by the influence of a new musical style the musical style from across the pond.”
In its musical exploration, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus presents a diverse selection of works designed to highlight the best the British Isles has to offer. The first half of the program focuses on traditional folk music passed down through generations and includes traditional musicians such as John Maschinot, a recipient of Irish American Magazine's Stars of the South award, while the second half of the program spotlights more modern imports. From the classic Danny Boy to Queen and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Loch Lomond to the Beatles and Adele, Gift of the Isles is sure to delight audiences and to remind them of the many ways that people of other cultures contribute to the patchwork of American identity.
Matinee performance engages Atlanta

This season, Voices of Note has launched Engage Atlanta, an initiative to partner with area organizations to engage communities by providing free tickets to matinee performances. Engage Atlanta seeks partnerships with organizations that share its vision of educating and empowering all Atlanta communities through a commitment to diversity, service, compassion or the arts. For more information about how Voices of Note strives to make the arts accessible or to receive complimentary tickets for your organization, please contact

Tickets now on sale

Individual ticket sales for Gift of the Isles begin at $25 and are available now through the Voices of Note website. Child, senior and group discounts are also available.

About John Maschinot

John Maschinot is a multi-instrumentalist, performing professionally on the uniquely Irish uilleann pipes, Irish wooden flute, tin whistle and bodhran.  John is passionate about presenting performances that represent the surprisingly wide breadth of traditional music. His solo concerts not only include evocative Celtic music, but may include a blues number or two on the uilleann pipes, an Appalachian dance tune on wooden flute, or a "classical" piece on tin whistle, all a reflection of his 35 years of listening, travelling, collaborating, playing and performing. John has apeared on numerous radio and television stations including NPR, WABE FM, WGPB FM, WSB TV, WMLV FM, WXIA TV, WAGA TV and WREK FM, and is a recipient of Irish American Magazine's Stars of the South award. John has also produced programs for radio and is sought after for his traditional music consultation services.

About the Atlanta Women’s Chorus

The 60-voice Atlanta Women’s Chorus (AWC) is led by Artistic Director Dr. Melissa Arasi, supervisor of performing arts for the Cobb County School District. The Atlanta Women’s Chorus is a diverse group of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs.

The group began in 2013 as the Atlanta Women’s Project, a small ensemble sponsored by the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus (AGMC), now in its 36th season. In early 2014, the newly formed AWC presented its first full-length concert and is now an independent choral ensemble under the Voices of Note organizational umbrella. The AWC presents three concerts and over six performances each season.
About Voices of Note

The Atlanta Women’s Chorus is part of Voices of Note, Inc., a not-for-profit organization governing the two choruses. Voices of Note is a catalyst for social change, providing an opportunity to be inspired, a journey to places in hearts and minds that have yet to be explored, and a voyage into the perspectives of our neighbors, teachers, siblings and friends. Both choruses are members of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, and participated with great success in the quadrennial GALA Choruses Festival this past summer in Denver.

Programs for Voices of Note are supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Other support comes from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
Major support is provided by Atlanta Magazine, Macy’s and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). Additional support is provided by SunTrust, Ameriprise Financial, Bridge Catering, Brandon D Hunt Design, Dan Lax Media, Peachtree Battle Chiropractic, Saint Mark United Methodist Church, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
A complete listing of financial supporters — and how you can support the mission of the two choruses — can be found on For more information, see the website or call (404) 320-1030.
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