QUO group

Melodia Women’s Choir is joining with Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO) in a wonderful collaboration on June 25, 2016.  The QUO concert, SPELLBOUND, includes Holst’s powerful work, The Planets — Melodia singers are the featured singers in the performance of Neptune, in the final movement of The Planets.

With the horrific events in Orlando, this event has special meaning and resonance. For Melodia, the QUO concert represents a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with  community partners.

QUO  is a musical organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. The orchestra, which held its inaugural  concert in 2009, now boasts 60 talented musicians.

Artistic Director and conductor Julie Desbordes is originally from Limoges, France. She has a “natural gift of being an inspiring conductor leader for high level musicians,” according to former Julliard faculty member Eric Booth.

JuliePR2015Desbordes, also a trumpet player, holds degrees in conducting from Conservatoire de Musique Limoges, Conservatoire de Musique Bordeaux and Conservatoire de Musique Montreal. She served as the Orchestra Director for New York’s The Harmony Program (El Sistema USA) and is the Associate Conductor of Education and Outreach for The Chelsea Symphony (NYC). Desbordes has appeared as a guest conductor in concerts in Venezuela, Canada, Hong Kong and Macau.

The Spellbound concert is one of “magic and fantasy,” writes QUO. The program includes Dvorak’s The Water Goblin; Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness; Williams’ Star Wars, as well as Uranus and Neptune from Holst’s The Planets.

Melodia singers in the program include Blessing Agunwamba, Ashley Paskalis, Rachel Younger, Colleen Maher, Theresa Pascoe, Jenny Clarke, Karen Meberg, Lauren D’Imperio, Jeanne Ruskin, and Faye Timmer.

Melodia’s Artistic Director Cynthia Powell along with conductor Emily John are guiding the choral preparations.

Members of The Stonewall Chorale are also singing in the concert. Brent Weldon Reno will be the evening’s host.

The concert, Saturday, June 25 at 8:30 pm, will be at the Church of the Holy Apostles Church, 296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th Street), in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Concert tickets, $30.00 and up, may be purchased online.  Full details at the Facebook event page.

queer urban orchestraSupporters of QUO are also invited to join a “Gay-La” event surrounding the concert — silent auction prizes, food and drink –including a pre-concert champagne celebration.

QUO, open to musicians regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, aims to engage in performances of music “promoting equality, understanding, acceptance and respect.”

Do you have any collaborative ideas or proposals for Melodia? Drop us a note! womenschoir@mindspring.com