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Spring 2011 E-Newsletter



In This Issue ...


Recap of February's History Tea


Youville Announcement


Spring 2011 Tour to Southern California 


Christmas Concert Review


Junior Parents Weekend Concert 


Preview of Arts First Concert 


Radcliffe Choral Society  

Annual History Tea


RCS Alumnae at the History Tea  


On Sunday, February 13, RCS students and alumnae gathered for the annual RCS History Tea. Since its inception by Leila Strachan '04, the annual review of the rich history of the Radcliffe Choral Society has been one of RCS's most favorite events.  In addition to the overview of RCS history presented by Historian Kelly Holt '12, this year's event was brought to life by participation by RCS alumnae from the classes of 1965 through 2007.  Alumnae shared stories from international tours with the Harvard Glee Club and concerts with the BSO, presented RCS fashion from the 1980s, and led the group in learning Radcliffe songs, including "The Only Man at Radcliffe Tea."  Students and alumnae both enjoyed this memorable event and look forward to more to follow.


HistoryTea20113 RCS Alums sing 'The Only Man at Radcliffe Tea' to HGC freshman Michael Mellas.

Second Annual Youville Sing


Calling all alumnae in the Boston area: The Radcliffe Choral Society Foundation will once again host an afternoon of singing for assisted living residents at Youville House in Cambridge. On April 3rd, join fellow alumnae and current members as we give back to the Cambridge community through song. We will rehearse from 1-3pm and then perform at 3pm. Last year's Youville Sing received great feedback from participants and rave reviews from our audience! Local alumnae should have recently received more information on the event. If you have any questions, please contact Marianne Cook at [email protected].

Calling all Southern California Alums! 



Please join us for an RCS alumnae reception on Thursday, March 17, to be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church following our concert. The reception will be co-hosted by the Harvard Club of Southern California and local representatives of the RCS Foundation. If you are unable to join us for this event, we hope you will be able to make it to one of our other local concerts in Los Angeles, San Diego, or Santa Barbara. For more information on the reception and concerts, please visit our tour page.


Christmas on the Common, December 10, 2010


The Radcliffe Choral Society continued its long tradition of collaboration with the Harvard Glee Club with two joint concerts this year. On December 10, 2010, the two groups presented their annual Christmas on the Common concert at the First Church in Cambridge. Conducted by Andy Clark and Kevin Leong, the sold-out concert began with both groups processing in together while singing William Byrd's Dona Nobis Pacem. RCS' own repertoire included Gustaf Nordqvist's Jul Jul (a holiday favorite) and Benjamin Britten's Missa Brevis in D. The concert also featured audience participation on holiday carols such as O Little Town of Bethlehem. RCS alumnae gathered together before the concert for a group dinner at Russell House Tavern, organized by the Radcliffe Choral Society Foundation.



Alumnae enjoy dinner together before the Christmas Concert.  

Junior Parents Weekend Concert, March 5, 2011


On March 5, 2011, RCS and HGC presented a Junior Parents Weekend concert, featuring Ross Lee Finney's Pilgrim Psalms. This contemporary piece is based on the Ainsworth Psalter, carried by the pilgrims to the New World. As Andy Clark noted during the concert, this performance in Memorial Church held special significance as Harvard mourns the passing of Reverend Peter Gomes, who was born and raised in Plymouth, MA, and was a scholar of pilgrim history and a lifelong member of the Pilgrim Society. The concert also included the world premiere of the revised version of Reza Vali's powerful and evocative Four Persian Folk Songs, featuring former RCS Assistant Conductor and RCSF Board member Katie Woolf and Molly Storer '11 as soprano soloists.  The Iranian composer was present at the concert to great acclaim.  HGC similarly premiered Tarik O'Regan's Se lamentar augelli, commissioned by the Harvard Glee Club Foundation in honor of Jameson Marvin's tenure at Harvard.

Preview: Arts First Concert, April 29, 2011

For its final concert of the year, RCS will combine with the Harvard Glee Club, the Harvard Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra to perform John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls and Beethoven'sSymphony No. 9 on Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30. The performances will be the New England premiere of the Adams' composition, which was commissioned after the September 11 terrorist attacks and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003. RCS alumnae will be invited to join us for a group dinner before the Saturday night concert. Local alumnae should check their in-boxes for further information about this in the near future.


Donate to the Radcliffe Choral Society   


The Radcliffe Choral Society is proud to not only be one of the nation's oldest and most respected women's choruses, but also an entirely student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are able to finance our efforts to celebrate women's choral music and leadership while providing meaningful experiences for our members through concert revenue, merchandise sales, fundraising, and the support of our alumnae board, the Radcliffe Choral Society Foundation.


We hope that you might consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Radcliffe Choral Society in support of our endeavors.


For information on how to donate or to donate online, please visit our website.   

Please send checks to:


Radcliffe Choral Society
Attn Financial Manager
Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138


Thank you for supporting the Radcliffe Choral Society!