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women on the moon - the ordway concert hall - 10/6/2019

Women on the Moon is a concert event that showcases some of our favorite artists from the 1960s such as: Mama Cass, Tina Turner, Aretha, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Dionne Warwick, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Cher, Ella, Shirley Bassey, Laura Nyro, Diana Ross, Barbra, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Nancy Sinatra, and the great Nina Simone.

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The 1960s was one of the most memorable decades of all time in the history of The United States.  It started out with the election of President John F. Kennedy and the dawn of “Camelot” and closed out with the first man landing on the moon.  In between these bookends would be the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK; civil rights legislation; protests; drugs; The Feminine Mystique; Black Power; hippies; Vietnam; Gloria Steinem; Nixon; the Watts riots; Andy Warhol; Stonewall; NOW; The Beatles; Laugh-In; The Rolling Stones; Twiggy; Woodstock; and so many other momentous events.

  

While men landed on the moon, women artists took their own giant leap into every area of the musical landscape.  The ‘60s were inarguably the most prolific decade for female vocalists and musicians in many diverse styles and categories.  From pop and folk to rock and roll and rhythm and blues, women launched themselves into the music scene and claimed their space in the mostly male dominated industry

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MUSIC PERFORMED IN THE SHOW INCLUDES:

ACT ONE 


"You Don’t Own Me" - (recorded by Lesley Gore 1963 – written by John Madara & David White)

Performed by: Rachel Holder Hennig (lead) with Judi Vinar, Patty Peterson, Ginger Commodore, Joyann Parker, Yolande Bruce, Katie Gearty, and Anna Christy.

“Son of a Preacher Man” - (Dusty Springfield 1968 – John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins) – Joyann with Ginger, Yolande & Rachel

“At Last” – (Etta James 1960 – Mack Gordon & Harry Warren) - Ginger

“Mack the Knife” – (Ella Fitzgerald 1960 – Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein, & Kurt Weill) – Yolande

“Stoney End” – (Barbra Streisand –1967 - Laura Nyro) - Katie with Joyann, Rachel & Lori

“Happy Days/Get Happy” – (Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand 1963 – Milton Ager& Jack Yellen/Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler) – Judi & Patty

“The Beat Goes On” – (Sonny & Cher 1963 – Sonny Bono) – Lori and Joyann with Judi, Rachel & Anna

“Make Your Own Kind of Music” – (Cass Elliot 1969 – Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil) – Anna with Judi & Lori

“Feeling Good” – (Nina Simone 1965 – Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse) – Patty

“Mississippi Goddam” – (Nina Simone 1964 – Nina Simone) – Yolande

“You Keep Me Hanging On” – (Diana Ross & The Supremes 1966 – Hollsnd-Dozier-Holland) – Rachel with Judi & Anna

“Guess Who I Saw Today” – (Nancy Wilson 1960 – Murray Grand & Elisse Boyd) – Ginger

“Piece of My Heart” – (Janis Joplin 1968 – Jerry Ragovoy & Bert Berns) – Katie with Rachel & Joyann

“Dream a Little Dream of Me” – (Cass Elliot 1968 – Fabian Andre & Wilbur Schwandt) – Anna

“Me and Bobby McGee” – (Janis Joplin 1969 – Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster) – Joyann

“I Say a Little Prayer” – (Dionne Warwick 1967 – Burt Bacharach & Hal David) – Yolande with Judi, Rachel & Lori

“(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls” – (Dionne Warwick 1967 – Andre & Dory Previn) – Rachel

“Chain of Fools” – (Aretha Franklin 1968 – Don Covay) – Judi with the ensemble

“Respect” – (Aretha 1967 – Otis Redding) Anna with the ensemble


ACT TWO


“White Rabbit” – (Jefferson Airplane 1967 – Grace Slick) Judi

“Somebody to Love” – (Jefferson Airplane 1967 – Darby Slick) Joyann with Patty, Katie & Lori

“For What It’s Worth” – (The Staple Singers 1968 – Stephen Stills) – Judi, Ginger & Yolande

“Both Sides Now” – (Joni Mitchell 1969 – Joni Mitchell) Lori

“Chelsea Morning” – (Joni Mitchell 1969 – Joni Mitchell) Rachel with Judi, Anna & Lori

“And When I Die” - (Laura Nyro 1966 – Laura Nyro) – Katie

“Woodstock” – (CSNY 1970 – Joni Mitchell)

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” – (Joan Baez 1969 – Robbie Robertson) – Anna with Judi & Lori

“River Deep, Mountain High” – (Ike & Tina Turner 1966 – Phil Spector) – Ginger with Patty, Yolande and Anna

“This Is My Life” – (Shirley Bassey 1968 – Bruno Canfora, Antonio Amurri and English lyrics by Norman Newell) – Patty

“Walkin’ Blues” – (Bonnie Raitt 1969 – Robert Johnson) – Judi

“These Boots Are Made for Walking” – (Nancy Sinatra 1965 – Lee Hazlewood) – Ensemble

“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” – (The 5th Dimension 1969 – James Rado, Gerome Ragni & Galt MacDermot - Ensemble  

Performers, Technicians and Production Folks

Vocalists:


Judi Vinar

Patty Peterson

Ginger Commodore

Joyann Parker

Yolande Bruce

Rachel Holder Hennig

Katie Gearty

Anna Christy


The Band:


Lori Dokken – piano

Joe Elliott – guitar

Liz Draper – bass

Pete Hennig – drums


Producer, Arranger and Musical Director:

Lori Dokken


Development Assistance From:

Kathryn Perich  - Concept/Title/Content


Big  Thanks to  ...


Kathy  Tauer  (photography)

Bonni  Allen  (photography)

Jen Clough (graphic design)

Kyla Moloney (visuals)

Samantha Diekman (visuals)

Levi Dokken (video)

Pauline Jennings (Company Assistant)


The Ordway:

Leslie Brandt

Samantha Goessner (Stage Manager)

Tammie Weinfurtner

Colin (Sound Engineer)

Kris Brodersen (Lighting Design)

Lucas Chase


This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 



TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE ARTISTS FEATURED ... VISIT THEM ON THEIR WEBSITES


Judi Vinar - www.judivinar.com

Patty Peterson - www.pattypeterson.com

Ginger Commodore - www.gingercommodore.com

Joyann Parker - www.joyannparker.com

Katie Gearty - www.katiegeartymusic.com

Liz Draper - www.giantstepsmusic.org





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"shout! Sister, shout!" - The voices of women

The History Theatre - St. Paul MN - June 8th and 9th - 2019

“Shout! Sister, Shout!” is a chronological compilation of music and words written or performed by female composers, vocalists, writers, and cultural changemakers from the 1930s to present day.


Music performed in the show includes:

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – “Up Above My Head” (Traditional Gospel Tune) and “Shout, Sister, Shout” (Tim Brymn, Alex Hill, Clarence Williams – 1930)

Nina Simone – “I Shall Be Released” (Bob Dylan – 1968) and “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” (Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas – 1963)

Carole King – “Believe In Humanity” (1973), “Been to Canaan” (1972) and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (King and Gerry Goffin – September 1967)

Laura Nyro – “Save the Country” (1968), “Broken Rainbow” (1985)

Janis Ian – “At Seventeen” (1974), “Society’s Child” (1965) and “Boots Like Emmy Lou’s” (2000)

Phoebe Snow – “Poetry Man” (1974), “Harpo’s Blues” (1974) and “Shakey Ground” (Jeffrey Bowen, Alphonso Boyd and Eddie Hazel – 1975)

Bonnie Raitt – “What Is Success?” (Allen Toussaint – 1974) and “Guilty” (Randy Newman – 1973)

Joni Mitchell – “The Magdalene Laundries” (1994), “ Woodstock” (1970) and “Nothing Can Be Done” (Mitchell and Larry Klein – 1991)

Joyann Parker – “Memphis” (2018)

India.Arie – “Strength, Courage and Wisdom” (2001) and “One” (2013)

Joy Ohana – “Human” – (2018)

Lori McKenna – “Humble and Kind” (2015)

Andra Day – “Rise Up” (2015)

Lady Gaga – “Born This Way” (Stefani Germanotta and Jeppe Laursen – 2010)


Poetry, Writings and Quotations from – 

Terry Tempest Williams

Maya Angelou

Mary OIiver

Aretha Franklin

Coretta Scott King

Winona LaDuke

Lori Dokken

Performers, Technicians and Production folks ...

Musicians:

Judi Vinar

Yolande Bruce

Joyann Parker

Rachel Holder Hennig

Katie Gearty

Anna Christy

Joy Ohana

Liz Draper

Pete Hennig


Spoken Word:

Eden Bodnar


Stage Manager:

Tammie Weinfurtner


History Theatre Personnel:

Chari Hall

Josh Stallings

Kyla Moloney

Nick Walberg

In-Fin Tuan

Gunther Gullickson

Ashton Schneider

Karen Mueller

Ron Peluso

Wayne Hendricks