Melodia Women’s Choir Presents Glorious Music in “Colors of the Sun,” May 5, 8 pm, New York City
Melodia Women’s Choir presents a spirited, "don’t miss," concert of music bursting with vitality and joy on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8 pm in New York City.
Melodia Women’s Choir of New York City, conducted by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell, presents “Colors of the Sun” on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8 pm in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. A spirited concert bursting with the joy and vitality of summer days, the performance marks the ninth season with glorious music for women’s voices.
Among the works featured are the beautiful “Six Songs for Female Chorus” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. The pieces, including poems by Mikhail Lermontov, were suppressed by Soviet authorities and have received limited performance attention.
“Many-Colored Brooms,” a work by the respected New York conductor Johannes Somary (d. 2011) is also a highlight. This rarely heard, evocative composition for women’s voices, flute/piccolo, viola, and piano takes its name from the opening line of Emily Dickinson’s poem “She sweeps with many-colored Brooms,” and is inspired by the powerful imagery, feminist spirit, and playful tone of Dickinson’s work.
Also featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson is “It sounded as if the Streets were running,” a composition by the contemporary British choral and opera composer Jonathan Dove that Melodia is premiering in New York City.
Additional program works include “O Virtus Sapientiae,” a radiant and meditative piece by Seattle-based conductor and composer Karen P. Thomas on a text by Hildegard von Bingen, the soaring “Magnificat” by R. Vaughan Williams, and compositions by the celebrated and prolific Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, “Suveöö” (“Summer Night”) and “Lauliku lapsepoli” (“The Songster’s Childhood”).
Performers include 26 voices of Melodia Women’s Choir and Taisiya Pushkar on piano. In addition, the choir is joined by Nathalie Joachim on flute/piccolo, and Stephanie Griffin on viola.
Founded by Jenny Clarke, Executive Director, in 2003, Melodia Women’s Choir is explores and performs rarely heard music for women’s voices, including classical, contemporary and premiere works. Melodia nurtures emerging women composers through commissions, residencies and performances of their work.
Under the direction of Cynthia Powell, founding conductor and a Feminist Press “hot pick” in April 2012, Melodia has been called “riveting” by the New York Times, and has performed at Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola in collaboration with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, and the Surrogate’s Courthouse as guest artists at Women History Month Celebrations. The choir has heard on WQXR - The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle and on WNYC radio, NBC TV and recommended as a top choir by Time Out New York.
WHO: Melodia Women’s Choir of New York City
WHAT: Spring Concert 2012 – “Colors of the Sun”
WHEN: May 5, 2012, 8 pm
VENUE: Church of the Holy Apostles
ADDRESS: 296 Ninth Ave (at 28th St), Chelsea, New York City
TICKETS: $20 in advance; $25/door; $15/ advance students or seniors
BUY: Online Purchase at Brown Paper Tickets,
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