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Melodia Women’s Choir Celebrates in June 3 Benefit Party and Musical Showcase for Fifth Anniversary Season


Melodia Women’s Choir is capping its exceptional 2006-07 season with “Melodians and Friends,” a Benefit and Party to raise support for the choir’s Fifth Anniversary Season.

The Melodia Benefit, a musical showcase, will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2007 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rewind Bar, 137 Essex St. on the Lower East Side in Manhattan.

In concert, the 32 women singers of Melodia sing together in German, Italian and French, and have a range that extends from Holst to Meredith Monk. For the Benefit, Melodians will showcase individual talents in singer-songwriter, cabaret, rock and folk music.

The Benefit Party features live performances, free food,a raffle and drink specials. Among those performing are Dana Cavooris and Robbie Cavooris, Jackie Sunderland, John McCormack with Morgan Russell, Steff Lyon, Adrian Coleman, Rosemary Palladino & Friends, Monika & Vitaa, Rachel Wifall with Scott Gianelli & Colleen Christi, and Jess Davenport & A Hundred and Eighty-One Powers.

Melodia’s June 3 Benefit follows an extraordinary season of highlights:the World Premiere of its first commissioned work -- a composition by Allison Sniffin --, two sold-out concerts, performance at Merkin Concert Hall and new outreach. The Fall 2006 concert of “Reflections of Latin America” featured “Hear Me With Your Eyes” by Sniffin and Spanish compositions. The Spring 2007 Concert honored Ten Centuries of Girl Groups in “Shout Sister Shout!” and ranged from 12th century Hildegard von Bingen to The Dixie Chicks.

Melodia’s work in bringing new attention to the power and scope of the women’s choral repertoire has attracted the media. The choir has been featured on NBC, Women’s eNews, WNYC, Vocal Area Network, and in print media.

Founded by Jennifer Clarke, the choir is conducted by Cynthia Powell. Its mission is to explore, perform and promote rarely heard women’s choral music, including classical, contemporary and premiere works. The choir creates opportunities for women musicians and women composers, including a commissioning program, and aspires to achieve the highest level of performance while offering innovative programs.

Melodia’s 2007-08 Fifth Anniversary Season will kick off on November 17, 2007 with the World Premiere of a commissioned work by New York composer Becca Schack.

The Benefit Party will offer opportunities to win prizes, ranging from Yankee Tickets to signed ballet toe shoes donated by the New York City Ballet.

Tickets for the “Melodians and Friends” Benefit on June 3 are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; Melodia Angel tickets may be purchased for $50 or $100. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at the Melodia website or by mailing a check. (Cash or checks only at door.)

Melodia Women’s Choir is a nonprofit 501c3 organization.


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