In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Lori Tenenhouse formed the Grand Rapids Women's Chorus in 1996 and has been the artistic director since it's inception. A member of the American Choral Directors's Association, the Sister Singer Network and a 2006 YWCA Tribute Awards honoree for performing arts, Lori is an advocate for women's choral music.
Lori studied jazz improvisation at the University of Michigan and performed in various rock and jazz bands in Ann Arbor and later in the Boston area. Lori was a string bassist with the New England Women's Symphony under the direction of Kay Gardner, and had the incredible experience of performing under the direction of Antonia Brico in 1979. During the early 1990's in Grand Rapids, she collaborated with local musicians and friends to form The Carla Tee Band and later the jazz band, Women at Play, which played exclusively original and improvisational music . Renewing her high school love of choral singing, Lori sang with the Grand Rapids
Symphony Chorus and with the Shir Shalom Choir at Temple Emmanuel.Currently, Lori is a member of the American Choral Directors Association's commissioning consortium and through her expertise the GRWC has acquired and performed seven commissioned works by women composers to date. As an arranger, Lori has published Iraqi Peace Song, a traditional Iraqi lullaby written by Knut Reiersrud and premiered by the GRWC in 2007, and would like to continue to write and arrange choral music that is moving and meaningful.
Lori has worked as a Television Broadcast Engineer since 1983, and has one daughter.
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Review: The 37-strong, a cappella Grand Rapids (MI) Women's Chorus is led by Artistic Director Lori Tennenhouse and Small Ensemble Director Martha VanderEyk, and 'Celebrating Time Together' is a 'best of' 15-song collection from the founding of the group in 1996 to 2006. Some favorites are four songs commissioned by the GRWC: Diane Benjamin's lightly accompanied 'Miracle,' Libby Larsen & Mary Oliver's string quartet accompanied 'The Summer Day,' Ysaye M. Barnwell & Audrey Lorde's 'Memorial 1,' and Marjan Helms' piano and percussion-accompanied 'Rainsong;' and a pair performed by the 8-voice Small Ensemble, 'My Love Walks in Velvet' and 'A Red, Red Rose. Other favorites are Antonin Dvorak's lovely 'Largo' (from Song of Survival, Vol.1), the powerful, drum-accompanied Akan Playground Song 'Sansa Kroma,' Alan E. Naplan's 'Al Shlosha D'Varim,' Zap Mama's rhythmic gem 'Guzophela' and Eric Whitacre's 'Sleep.' The GRWC has a beautiful, sweet sound, strong covers and excellent new material. There's a lot to like on 'Celebrating Time Together!'
Songlist: Set Me As A Seal, Sisters, Sansa Kroma, Tres Cantos Nativos, Largo, Guzophela, Miracle, The Summer Day, My Love Walks In Velvet, A Red, Red Rose, Al Shlosha D'Varim, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Memorial 1, Rainsong, Sleep
Review: The pride of Grand Rapids (MI), the 42-strong Grand Rapids Women's Chorus, is directed by Lori Tennenhouse. Since its inception in 1996 the chorus has been dedicated to singing culturally diverse music that promotes appreciation of women composers and arrangements. 'Where I Live,' is a powerful piece by Diane Benjamin which tells the story of a woman with breast cancer through narrative and song. The CRWC performs the piece with a pianist, two violinists, viola and cello players and percussion. The material is stark, heartrending and enlightening, and includes 'Somebody,' 'That Was the Fruit of My Orchard,' 'In The Hospital,' 'Help Me,' 'Peace,' 'My Body' and 'Teach Me How.' 'Where I Live' is an important, unforgettable experience that shines a necessary light on a horrendous disease and the feelings and experiences of real women who must courageously stand and fight against it.
Songlist: Somebody, Narration, That Was The Fruit Of My Orchard, Narration , In The Hospital, Narration , Help Me, Narration , Peace, Narration , My Body, Narration , Teach Me How
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