Our upcoming concert, Autumn Rhapsody, is full of rich music that share the hope for a bountiful future — beautiful works that are uplifting and life-affirming.
Audiences will experience a rare performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat in its original version for women’s voices. (We found the music magically, too, as described in this blog.)
The concert features works from contemporary composers Eleanor Daley and Estonian composer Ola Gjeilo, whose works we’ve sung before and always love.
Two premieres are on the program, too. One is the U.S. premiere of Belgian composer Rudi Tas’s Seven Blake Songs. The other is the U.S. premiere of Tõnu Kõrvits’s Ütle Sina (Tell Me)
Melodia will also perform a historic vocal arrangement of the Largo from Dvořák’s New World Symphony as part of the NY Philharmonic’s 175th Anniversary New World Initiative. The arrangement was created by Margaret Dryburgh and Norah Chambers for a performance by and for women prisoners held by Japanese forces in a WWII internment camp in Sumatra. With this performance, Melodia pays tribute to the women who sang to survive the cruelties of war, and to those who sing to create a better world everywhere. (You can read more about this fascinating collaboration and the story behind it on this blog.)
Melodia Women’s Choir led by Cynthia Powell, Taisiya Pushkar (piano), and an all-female string quintet. Meet our singers here.
Ola Gjeilo – Song of the Universal and Tundra
Antonio Vivaldi – Magnificat, as originally performed by women’s voices
Tonu Kõrvits – Ütle Sina (Tell Me) from Songs of Songs of Songs
Eleanor Daley – O My Dear Heart, There is No Rose and I Sing of a Maiden
Rudi Tas – Seven Blake Songs
Antonin Dvořák – Largo from the New World Symphony
SAT. NOV 19, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY
SUN. NOV 20, 2016 @ 3 PM
West End Collegiate Church
245 West 77th St
New York, NY
With more than a decade of adventurous, fresh and wide-ranging repertoire that offers rarely heard, stylistically diverse works, Melodia has established a reputation as the premier women’s choir of NYC. Called “riveting” by The New York Times and hailed by composers such as Meredith Monk, Hilary Tann and Ronald Perera, Melodia is also committed to nurturing emerging women composers through commissions and performances. Founded by Executive Director Jenny Clarke and Artistic Director Cynthia Powell in 2003, Melodia collaborates with and supports women composers, musicians and performers across a broad musical spectrum. http://www.melodiawomenschoir.org
ABOUT NY PHIL 175 ANNIVERSARY & LARGO
The New World Initiative is a season-long, city-wide project revolving around Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and its theme of “home.” Melodia is one of the New York City–based performing ensembles participating in performances and reinterpretations of the New World Symphony with the powerful arrangement of Largo, as created by Margaret Dryburgh and Norah Chambers for a performance by and for women POWs held in a Japanese Internment camp during WWII. Dryburgh and Chamber’s arrangement of the Dvořák piece is part of the inspiring collection Song of Survival. http://newworldinitiative.com/melodia
ABOUT CYNTHIA POWELL
Cynthia Powell celebrates her 14th season with Melodia. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, she has served on the guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, led the St. George’s Choral Society in NYC, and was a guest conductor at the International Choral Festival in Havana, Cuba. She is also the Artistic Director of the Stonewall Chorale, and currently serves as Director of Music and Organist at West End Collegiate Church in NYC, and Organist/Choirmaster of Temple Sinai in Tenafly, NJ.