A Place for Us Housing and Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus will welcome award-winning singer-songwriter and native Clevelander, Anne E. DeChant, to a special house concert on Saturday, May 12, 6:30-7:30 pm at A Place for Us, 11610 Madison Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102. Doors open at 5:45.
Windsong will join Anne E. on her song, Girls and Airplanes, about women breaking down barriers. The song has been featured on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film, “The Hot Flashes,” starring Brooke Shields, and the critically acclaimed documentary film, “The Vetters: All We Needed.”
On May 6, Anne E. was in the audience as Windsong sang a choral version of Girls and Airplanes, arranged by Jan C. Snow, Windsong’s resident composer. Anne E. joined the group on stage during their spring concert performance at Lakewood Presbyterian Church.
In the Lakewood concert, the song about WWII WASPS, Women Airforce Service Pilots, was introduced by chorister Jenny Grimsley, who started her career in military intelligence. Jenny was moved to share her story as part of the concert program when she sang the lyrics, “I’ll never shut up, never give in, never gonna keep my feet on the ground again.”
The Windsong concert, entitled “Telling Our Stories,” featured Windsong singers’ real stories told by the singers themselves. Interwoven with songs, the storytellers relayed their own experiences of overcoming racial prejudice, avoiding date rape, becoming politically active and expressing gratitude for women mentors.
Tickets for the house concert on May 12 are $10 at the door and may be reserved in advance by calling Linda M. Krasienko, Service Coordinator for A Place for Us Housing at 440-227-8556 or emailing her at Fgvlinda@aol.com. Parking is available in RTA lot on Madison Ave or along West 116th Street.