- Divas taking charge. (Photo: Kennedy Center)
Like many of you, I read with interest Dana Hedgpeth's July 29 Washington Post feature on the four musically inspired WMATA employees calling themselves the Metro Divas. It was an entertaining, great curtain-raiser showcasing the more human side to Metro and the organization's Art in Transit program, written in anticipation of the Metro Divas' August 2 performance at the Kennedy Center. Between these women and the Sufjan-like songwriting of Jason Mendelson, who is writing a song for every Metro station, the rails have never inspired so many joyful sounds.
Although I wasn't able to attend last night's performance, I'm happy to see that the Kennedy Center has posted video and you can watch all 50 minutes of Metro Divas and the Mass Transit Band online. I love the enthusiasm of the woman as they belt out song and song on the performance hall's stage. They started with a few solo numbers as the night began, but by the end, all the singers were out there together, roses in hand and smiling.
"God bless America, and God bless Metro!" one Metro Diva called out near as the performance winded to a close and "I'm Every Woman" played.
Watch the full 52 minutes of Metro Diva glory at the Kennedy Center's site here.