September 29th 2016
Animaterra is a women's chorus in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, USA. We are a non-profit organization, formed by women to communicate through music of the world's traditions. We welcome all women in a community of song, reaching out to all people locally, regionally and globally. We offer an environment of learning and shared musical artistry in which women, whether beginners or experienced, can express themselves through music.
June 21st 2015
We are proud and honored to be a recipient of this new local arts award:
We hope to see you on the 23d!
May 28th 2014
Our latest CD, “As Long as There’s Singing There’s Hope”, is a compilation of the best performances from our concerts over the past several years.
Here is what our audio engineer, Eric Blackmer, had to say in our liner notes:
“…is a collection of live performances garnered from across six years of Animaterra concerts. The album begins, as do most Animaterra concerts, with a processional. Listen! Hear the women rowing nearer in Ise Oluwa until they are assemble on the risers. After a welcoming introduction the show usually starts off slow and stately, as with Ela La Ma. Where they will they go from there, only Animaterra knows.
Animaterra’s head and heart is Allison Aldrich Smith. Officially, she is the music director but that doesn’t begin to describe her role.* For Allison music is life and life is music. Her magic is that she teaches, enables and inspires ordinary people to deliver performances that are clearly above and beyond. Allison conducts and draws the choir and the audience to create transcendent musical events.
Animaterra concerts are unique journeys. These singers soar in various directions- and their range is wide. They are likely to burst into a musical tour de force like Away Ye Merry Lassies, or shake your reality with 1000 Grandmothers, then touch the sublime with the Blue Green Hills of Earth, or bop you with reality, like Cindy Kallet’s song I’m a Mammal, or captivate you with a very powerful rendition of Huddie Ledbetter’s Bring Me Little Water Silvie. Baba Yetu, sung in Swahili, is unforgettable and brought down the house with a rousing standing ovation.
Animaterra will make you laugh and sing, and bring tears to your eyes. This unique women’s chorus will broaden your horizons with music from many and diverse world musical traditions. They will also entertain you with familiar songs. After you have been thrilled and awed, the choir will recess, singing, dancing, marching down the aisles, embracing, enthralling and celebrating the female spirit of the world. In the aftermath of an Animaterra concert there remains an aura of exquisite transcendent euphoria.
This is what we have tried to bring to you in this CD. May you enjoy it over and over. Sing along! Show your friends! Request Animaterra on your favorite radio station. Go tell it on the mountain! Let the good times roll! And remember:
As long as there’s singing there’s hope!”
The CD is available at our concerts and events, and from CD Baby:
*NB: Allison Aldrich Smith is the founder and now Director Emerita of Animaterra Women’s Chorus.
April 30th 2014
April 8th 2014
Animaterra will once again lead our beloved “Sing For Joy” Workshop at the New England Folk Festival (click the link for details) in Mansfield, MA on Sunday, April 29 at noon on the high school auditorium stage. We will teach joyful, healing songs. No experience needed- just the willingness to join us in song.
March 24th 2014
And what a time it was! On Saturday, March 22 Theo led us in a day-long workshop of music of Africa.
We started the day with an hour of continuous drumming, with Theo and his partner Namori- many participants had never done anything like it before, but came away energized and wanting more! Then Theo taught us songs from Ghana and other countries in Africa; we never quite believed we would learn five songs with drum accompaniment in a few short hours, but Theo’s way of repeating and slowing down until we got it helped us sing with confidence in short order.
January 31st 2014
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH
- Advance tickets available on line now: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670313
January 31st 2014
Union Congregational Church, 33 Concord St., Peterborough, NH
Advance tickets available on line now: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/670294
January 31st 2014
There is still time to join us this season! See the sidebar for more information on how to Sing With Us!
It’s been a long winter! What better way to shake those winter blues and anticipate the spring than to join together with a group of amazing women in song? We are celebrating 17 years this season with a joyful spring concert whose theme is “When Friends Rejoice”: songs of friendship, love and community.
An exciting feature of this season is our guest teacher, Theo Martey. Born and raised in Ghana and now living in Manchester, NH, Theo is a warm and gifted teacher who will lead us in learning songs and dances from his native land at a workshop on March 8. He and his drummer will then join us in our spring concerts!
Look at the sidebar under Events to learn more about our New and Returning Members reception on Tuesday, Feb. 11. New members can “taste” us for up to three weeks before making the commitment for the season! We hope you’ll join us!
January 28th 2014
You and your friends and family (men, women and children) are invited to sing our favorite Animaterra songs from the past, as well as some of the songs of the great Pete Seeger. All of our songs reflect the spirit and message of Pete, and we will remember and honor him and each other at this event. Song sheets will be provided, no experience needed.
Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 7-9 pm at the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave, Keene, NH
This is your chance to sing with Animaterra!
SUGGESTED DONATION $5 will partially support the Animaterra Scholarship Fund (as always, no one will be turned away. All are welcome!)