Poppins to Callas

Her name is as old as the calendar: Mary. Through the centuries her name has sounded, without sacrificing strength. From mother to glory: Mary's kept coming and going. Maria Callas, Mary Poppins, Bloody Mary without Mary history is lacking. She was muse for many composers. Palestrina, Schubert, Rodgers & Hammerstein. Our Ladies of Wishful Singing bring them all together in the program What about Mary, in which Mary determined each tune. Because let's face it: without Mary there would be no Sound of Music.

In this musical performance several colorful Mary's pass in review: Mary the mother, the loving wife, but also Mary the jump-in-the-field, the disrupting schemer or just the thinking, inquiring Maria. Even varied and capricious as life itself in which women constantly are 'switching' parts, pursuing them, perfecting them, but also willing to play all roles simultaneously. Mary as a modern role model cannot avoid stress-choice and the better multitasking. In short, an interesting clash of Mary's. Sung and articulated in ancient, recognizable forms, and fresh new musical encounters and crossovers.

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Photo & Poster © Henry Faber

Credits Cast & Crew

Trailer © Bowie Verschuuren


Haarlems Dagblad, Winand van de Kamp, April 06, 2019

Stage director Annechien Koerselman has created a fabulous theatrical performance with modest means. The by mother the woman ironed tablecloths change into nun dresses, a red scarf turns into a sexy string. Household objects provide the percussive accompaniment of 'Lady Madonna' by The Beatles. To speak with Leonard Bernstein: "The most beautiful sound I ever heard, Mary."

Haarlems Dagblad

Meppeler Courant, Marjan Doorn, March 18, 2019

PASSAGIO (KRO-NCRV) is a classical music programm which is broadcasted every working day between 19:00 and 20.00PM on (Dutch) Radio 4. The host is Lex Bohlmeijer. From December 16 to December 20, 2019 the new CD What about Mary? by Wishful Singing was the Hollandsche Nieuwe! The formation of Wishful Singing consists of five ladies, who sing a capella. Their second CD is powered by crowdfunding and as the theatrical concert created around the figure of Mary. The Madonna. But also Paul McCartney's mother. A woman with many aspects.

CD What about Mary

Wishful Singing asked Annechien to write an introduction to the CD from which presenter Lex Bohlmeijer quotes in the broadcast. Next to this a favorite of one of the five singers is to be heard in the programm. In short, as many faces as Maria as versatile is the music, selected by the ensemble for the CD. Below you can replay the daily fragments that were broadcasted at the stroke of 19.30PM.

Monday December 16, 2019 Presenter Lex Bohlmeier quotes from the preface by Annechien Koerselman and a song by The Beatles can be heard, the favorite of second soprano Maria Goetze. Audio Logo

Tuesday December 17, 2019 Presenter Lex Bohlmeier quotes from the preface by Annechien Koerselman and you hear a song by Max Reger, in which maternal love resounds, the favorite of first soprano Anne-Christine Wemekamp. Audio Logo

Wednesday December 18, 2019 including an Ave Maria by Hildegard von Bingen, the favorite of mezzo-soprano Marjolein Verburg.  Audio Logo

Thursday December 19, 2019  including a touching modern Mary Story written by Herman Finkers, the favorite of the2nd alto Marjolein Stots. Audio Logo

Friday December 20, 2019 including a lifelesson in song format by Erik van der Wurff / Herman van Veen, the favorite of 1st alto Janneke Vis. Audio Logo

Yesterday I attended the prepremiere of "What about Mary": finally a real feminine program, worthy, funny, fragile, soft and strong, musical, seductive. I think very quickly something should appear in the media aboout this, to show us what true womanhood is about. Highly recommended !!!
This really is a concert not to be missed! Theater pur sang with heavenly voices, sharp texts, a smile and a tear. A "must see" for all strong, confident, insecure and struggeling women (and for the tough guys who want to see and hear strong women ?)! So if you can get tickets, do so !!!
What makes it very strong is that you really made an 'act' out of it and not just sang beautifully, individually you are very different types, yet again together very good. [...] The clothing was perfect and even atmospheric
I loved it, chrystal clear and it looked very nice, firmly staged !! Great
I thoroughly enjoyed this varied program and your beautiful voices. Thank you very much! And good luck with this tour!
It was a wonderful concert! Fresh, cheerful, sometimes subdued, sometimes a little naughty, but all in a musical and vocal high level which can only make one very happy! Thank you for that!

On November 9, 2019 Wishful Singing has also launched a CD of What about Mary . This came into being thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. The CD contains largely the same repertoire as the theatrical concert and has been supplemented with repertoire that the singers both musically and in terms of life wisdom also connected to the figure of Maria. So one will hear work of Hildegard of Bingen and Maurice Duruflé as well.

Wishful Singing asked Annechien to write the introduction of the CD, which gave the stage director the title Viva Maria!

CD What about MaryThe CD ‘What about Mary?' is available in the webshop of Wishful Singing and through Spotify and ITunes.

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Photos What about Mary? © Ronald Knapp

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