I was honored to be commissioned a second time by Anna Crusis Women's Choir (Philadelphia) to compose a work to their 40th Anniversary season. Founded in 1975 ,"Anna" is the oldest exisiting feminist choir in the United States and an early member of the GALA chorus network. To celebrate and commemorate Anna's ground breaking choral history, I selected an iconic text by Robin Morgan, considered one of the founders of contemporary feminism, and author of over twenty books, including the now-classic feminist anthology, "Sisterhood is Powerful."
"Blessed Be" dares invoke the sacred while proclaiming a woman's innate right to manifest her own path. The words "blessed be" are sung three times as a refrain to each line of the empowering litany. The triad, or "3-ness", has a universal significance as a symbol of the unity of spirit, mind and body, all of which are celebrated in the text.
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