Peninsula Womens Chorus to premiere groundbreaking work "How many times..." by William DeFotis


Apr 7 2013 - 12:00am

Peninsula Womens ChorusPeninsula Womens Chorus

Peninsula Womens Chorus to perform multiple performances of William DeFotis's brief, yet hauntingly moving choral work, the full title of which is as follows:

How Many Times Had We Found Ourselves Mouthing Received Opinions, Using the Language of Oppression, Before We No Longer Had Any Claim to Be Oblivious to Our Having Become Both Victim and Perpetrator of Injustice?

New Music for Treble Voices Festival concert season:

Sunday, April 7th 2013 4:00 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St Palo Alto, CA

 May concerts: Sunday, May 5, 2013 2:00 p.m.Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:00 p.m. Mission Santa ClaraSanta Clara University500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 

Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:00 p.m. San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores)3321 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 

The Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) is a 50-voice women's choir performing high-quality classical and contemporary music. The PWC inspires and enriches its audiences through its concert series, its ongoing program of premiering new works, and its collaborations with other Bay Area performing groups. The PWC is a two-time winner of Chorus America’s prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has performed three times by invitation at the national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention. Since the fall of 2003, the PWC has been directed by Martín Benvenuto.

Composer and conductor William DeFotis was born in Chicago in 1953.  He studied composition with Herbert Brün, Ben Johnston, and Morgan Powell at the University of Illinois (B.M. and M.M.) and conducting with James Dixon at the University of Iowa (D.M.A.).  In 1977 he was awarded a Fulbright Commission Grant to study with composer-musicologist Wolf Rosenberg in Munich.  While in Germany he toured as solo clarinetist with the new-music ensemble Musica Negativa.  From 1983 to 1985 DeFotis taught composition and led the orchestra at Baylor University and from 1986 to 1996 he taught composition, theory, and women's studies at the College of William & Mary.  He also conducted at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, UC San Diego, and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.  DeFotis's work as a composer has been supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Iowa Hancher Circle Fund, the Upper Midwest Meet-the-Composer program, and the Virginia Commision for the Arts. He died of complications from chronic-progressive multiple sclerosis in 2003.