Women in Song

Women in Song help celebrate 100 years of Peoria Libraries. 

The Peoria Libraries are celebrating their centennial all throughout 2020 with special movies, games, themed book clubs and other family events honoring 100 years.

Women in Song, a chorale group part of ProMusica Arizona, will feature performers during these celebrations in March to commemorate the libraries.

This woman’s group is composed of 16 seasoned singers from the main ProMusica Arizona chorale. The singers are led by accompanist Patti Graetz, the artistic director and conductor for ProMusica Arizona with more than 30 years of singing and conducting experience.

“Women in Song grew out of this as a need for an outreach group to be able to grow out and promote the group but bring music to the community for those who might not get to come to our large concert,” Graetz said. 

The city of Peoria gave Women in Song a grant of $4,400 to do performances for people who may not have the ability to see them perform. This includes mostly retirement homes, memory care facilities and assisted living homes.

Graetz said because of their grant and outreach to the community, the Peoria libraries contacted Women in Song to give two performances at the libraries to help celebrate the centennial.

“I like to call this repertoire ‘The Great American Songbook’ because all of the music we do is popular music from things like ‘Down to the River to Pray’ to ‘A Nightingale Sings in Berkeley Square,’” Graetz said. “The repertoire is very fun, very light and it’s great fun for the whole family.”

Women in Song will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue, and 2 p.m. March 28 at the Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street.

Performances are free to the public. Their performances are part of the scheduled celebrations of the library’s 100 years. For more information, visit pmaz.org.