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Essential Voices USA: Tiny Desk Concert

Tom Huizenga | July 1, 2022
With all the crazy politics and a stubborn pandemic dragging on, it’s easy to be pessimistic about America this Fourth of July. But this Tiny Desk performance — happily back in our NPR Music office — will help turn dark skies to blue and remind us of the best and brightest version of our country.

This video marks the world premiere performance of excerpts of Washington Women, uplifting songs built on speeches and writings by amazing women — First Ladies, Secretaries of State, Senators and Supreme Court Justices — who had strong visions of what America should be.

The project is the brainchild of intrepid choral conductor and composer Judith Clurman, who directs the meticulously fine-tuned Essential Voices USA, a New York-based choir. While the songs have their own musical personalities, they also contain iconic political personalities. Hillary Rodham Clinton states, “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights once and for all,” while Shirley Chisholm, the first Black congresswoman, declares that laws can be used to compel “the insensitive majority to reexamine its unconscious attitudes.” Betty Ford speaks of “the search for human freedom,” and Vice President Kamala Harris talks about the importance of dreaming big.

Clurman says she wrote the piece (along with Broadway arranger David Chase) not just for professional choruses to sing. She hopes that high school choirs will pick it up as well so that young people across the country will know how influential these women were and are, in making America a brighter, better place.

“The Essence of America” (text by Condoleezza Rice)
“For Centuries Now” (text by Elena Kagan)
“Freedom” (text by Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Betty Ford)
“In the Field of Equal Rights” (text by Shirley Chisholm)
“Remember the Ladies” (text by Abigail Adams)
“We Not Only Dream” (text by Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi)

Music by Judith Clurman and David Chase
Judith Clurman: director
Essential Voices USA Choir:
Paul D’Arcy
Chloe Holgate
Amy Justman
Helen Karloski
Enrico Lagasca
Steven Moore
Heather Petrie
Jamet Pittman
Gregory Purnhagen
Elisa Singer Strom
Jason Weisinger

Tedd Firth: piano
Raman Ramakrishnan: cello

Producer: Tom Huizenga
Audio Recording & Mix Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Director: Kara Frame
Series Creator: Bob Boilen
Series: Producer: Bobby Carter
Editor: Joshua Bryant
Videographers: Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Michael Zamora, Pierre Kattar,
Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco, Maia Stern
VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
Special Thanks: Yamaha Artist Services, New York, Jordan Kitt's Music

#tinydesk #nprmusic #EssentialVoicesUSA

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