CHADDS FORD — More than 300 people celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Highlights of a jubilant note at the museum on March 8 included a live vocal performance by the Lincoln University Concert Choir and Women’s Ensemble under the leadership of Camilla Horne. The students sang a plethora of poignant songs rich in hope, liberty and courageous ballads.
“It was so inspiring to see the happy, engaged faces of the audience members,” said Horne, who lives in Nottingham. She is the director of choral activities at Lincoln University.
“The International Women’s Day event at the Brandywine was phenomenal,” said Natasha Faison, director of community service and engagement at Lincoln University. “The Lincoln University Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Camilla Horne performed with skill, grace and a powerful melodious sound. Various audience members said they were moved to tears by the choir’s stirring presentation.”
“You could hear the singers from Lincoln University throughout the building and the play was performed to a full house,” said Amanda Burdan, curator of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Forty-two Lincoln University students took part. Songs sung included “Cry Out and Shout” by Knut Nysted; “Jubilate Deo” by Peter Anglea; “Keep Your Lamps” by André Thomas; “Even Me” by Doris Jones Wilson; and “No Mirrors in My Nana’s House” by Ysaye M. Barnwell, among others.
“The choir’s repertoire ranged from classical music to anthems, folk music to Broadway, opera to moving spirituals,” Faison said.
She added, “I am very proud to be a Lincolnian. I am very proud to be a woman.”
International Women’s Day, established in 1975, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment granted American women the legal right to vote in 1920.
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