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Melodia Women’s Choir Beckens Spring, Global Renewal in Force of Nature, May 3-4, NYC


The power and beauty of the natural world resound in concerts of Melodia Women’s Choir, as it raises consciousness to the universal needs of fresh water and air in “Force of Nature: Celebrating the Earth” on May 3-4, 2008 at St. Luke’s in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Greenwich Village, NYC.

The concert features rich songs for women’s voices drawn from poets in Japan, Israel, Wales, Hungary, China, England and the U.S., including Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, e.e.cummings, Anne Bradstreet and Shakespeare. “Force of Nature” will present a U.S. and New York premieres of works of Hilary Tann and an evocative six-part song cycle, “Earthsongs,” by Ronald Perera.

“In ’Force of Nature,’ Melodia Women’s Choir will present unique choral reflections that open doors to the spirit behind the natural world,” said Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director, who conducts.

“The program offers audiences contemplation, renewal and a breath of fresh air,” noted Jennifer Clarke, Melodia’s founder and Executive Director.

Acclaimed by WNYC for its “elegance” and “ringing tones,” Melodia Women’s Choir is celebrating its fifth season and is a leader in the revival of music for women’s voices. Comprised of exceptionally talented singers, Melodia has performed at Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and as guests artists for Women’s History Month in 2008 sponsored by New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

A portion of the income from these concerts supports “Water is Life – Kenya,” a project that builds new wells in Southern Kenya and was founded by former Melodia singer Joyce Tannian to aid regions damaged by global warming.

“Force of Nature: Celebrations of Earth” includes other works that will surprise and engage audiences: Samuel Barber’s “Sure On This Shining Night,” Zoltan Kodaly’s “Mountain Nights,” Yehezkel Braun’s “Spring Song” and compositions by Gordon Jacob, Zhou Long and Ernst Bacon.

Melodia Women’s Choir creates, discovers and performs works for women’s voices, drawing upon classical and contemporary repertory. Two recent concerts presented commissioned works: Becca Schack’s “In My End Is My Beginning,” and Allison Sniffin’s “Hear Me With Your Eyes,” based on writings of Sor Juana. In fall 2007, Melodia performed Vivaldi’s “Gloria in D” with all-female voices.

Artistic Director Cynthia Powell is also Artistic Director of Stonewall Chorale and has toured as a pianist with Meredith Monk to the Spoleto USA Festival,Walker Arts Center and Lincoln Center Festival. Jennifer Clarke, Melodia’s founder, is an arts consultant who has worked with London’s Royal Festival Hall and New York organizations American Music Center and Dancing in the Streets.

Tickets for Melodia Women’s Choir “Force of Nature: Celebrating the Earth” on May 3-4 are $20 in advance, $25 at the door ($15 students/seniors), and may be purchased online (see links.)

For further information, contact: 212-252-4134; or

Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC
“Forces of Nature: Celebrating the Earth”
May 3 & 4, 2008
St. Luke’s in the Field Church
487 Hudson Street (btw Christopher & Grove)
Greenwich Village, NYC
$20 in advance/$25 at door ($15 - students/seniors)


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