Melodia 2016-17 Season

Melodia  Spring 2017 Concerts

Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 PM

Holy Apostles Church

Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 PM

Women’s choral treasures – program to follow soon.

Melodia Fall 2016 Concerts

Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, Holy Apostles Church, 296 Ninth Avenue @ 28th Street, Chelsea

Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm, West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th Street @ West End Avenue, Upper West Side

autumn-rhapsody-card2Featuring a rare performance of Vivaldi’s Magnificat as originally performed – by women’s voices; Ola Gjeilo’s Songs of the Universal & Tundra; the U.S. premiere of Seven Blake Songs by Rudi Tas, works by Eleanor Daley and Tonu Korvits.

Conducted by Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director, with Taisiya Puskhar, piano, and all-female string quintet: Keats Dieffenbach & Rachell Wong, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Katherine Cherbas, cello; Rebekah Griffin Greene, bass.

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Previous Concerts

Cassandra – May 14, 2016

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Melodia’s performance of Niska Banja

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Cassandra

Myths and Stories in Song

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm
West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th Street @ WEA

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano; Barbara Merjan and guests on percussion

Featuring the world premiere of commissioned work “Cassandra” by Hilary Purrington, plus:

Meredith Monk, Quarry Weave II
Emma Lou Diemer, Five Limericks
Nick Page, Niska Banja

Classic Pop Selections
Georgia on my Mind
Unforgettable
Sunday Kind of Love

¡Alegria! – November 2015

¡Alegria!

Myths and Stories in Song

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3 pm
West End Collegiate Church

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano; Elaine Christy, harp; Samantha Wells, guitar; Ingrid Gordon, Marimba

Festive songs from Latin America to welcome the holidays

With Vox Nova Girls Choir of the Special Music School, Emily John, conductor

Conrad Susa: Carols and  Lullabies of the American Southwest
Francisco Nuñez: Misa Pequeña para Niños
César Alejandro Carrillo: Ave Maria
Atahualpa Yupanqui, arr. Sole: Duerme Negrito   
Bob Chilcott: Cuatro Baladas Amarillas  
Francisco Guerrero: Hermosa Catalina
Alberto Grau arr. La Cucaracha
Joan Szymko: Nada te turbe

Après Un Rêve – May 2015

Après Un Rêve
After A Dream

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

 May 3, 2015 at 3 pm
West End Collegiate Church

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano and all-female chamber orchestra

French and American choral classics for women’s voices.

Randall Thompson: The Place of the Blest, a rare performance with orchestra
Lili Boulanger: Les Sirènes (The Sirens)
Francis Poulenc: Ave Maria (from Dialogues of the Carmelites)
Christophe Barratier& Bruno Coulais: Cerf-volant (Kite Flying, from the film Les Choristes)
Gabriel Fauré: Apres un rêve (After a Dream)
Gabriel Fauré: Le Ruisseau (The Creek)
Gabriel Fauré: Maria, Mater gratiae
Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Léo Delibes: Sous le dôme épais (Flower Duet from Lakmé)
Paul Halley: Seeds of Love
Paul Halley: The Grey Selchie

Instrumental interlude: Quintet in D Minor for piano & winds, Mvt. III, by Albéric Magnard

Windsong – November 2014

Windsong Melodia Women's Choir

Windsong

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3 pm
West End Collegiate Church

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano

Beautiful music with autumn and winter themes.

Edward Elgar: The Snow
Gwyneth Walker: In Autumn
Gordon Jacobs: Winter Rain and Autumn
E.J. Moran: Icicles Hang By the Wall
Franz Bieble: Ave Maria
C. Armstrong Gibbs: The Song of Shadows
Ola Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas
Reginald Unterseher: First Snow
Hari Wessman: Vesi Vasy Lumen Alle
Alan Bullard: Snow

The Poet’s Song – May 14, 2014

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Commissioned composer Errollyn Wallen speaks about her new commissioned work for Melodia, “Full Fathom Five.”

The Poet’s Song

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4 pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Guests on timps, bells, and more.

Featuring music set to great poetry by William Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti, William Blake, and Edward Lear.

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director & Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Nathalie Joachim, flute
Laura Flax, clarinet
Debra Kreisberg, saxophone
Michelle Cozzi & Chihiro Shibayama, percussion

Errollyn Wallen: Full Fathom Five
Emma Lou Diemer: Three Shakespeare Madrigals
Eleanor Daley: Echo
Herbert Howells: Piping down the valleys wild
William Mathias: Learsongs

Plus selections by Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, and more.

2004 – 2013

Visions Of Peace

November, 2013

Saturday, November 23 , 2013 at 7:30 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

Sunday, November 24 , 2013 at 3 pm
West End Collegiate Church, NYC

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Transfiguration String Quintet
Rita Costanzi, harp

Featuring
Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” in celebration of Britten’s centenary
Gustav Holst’s haunting “Seven Part-Songs for Female Voices and Strings”
Paul Csonka’s “Concierto di Navidad,” sung in Spanish

A Breath Of Spring

April, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 4 pm
West End Collegiate Church, NYC

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

Featuring the world premiere of commission by Russian American composer Nina Siniakova.

With Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director and Conductor
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Genghis Barbie, French Horn Quartet:
Rachel Drehmann, Danielle Kuhlmann,
Leelanee Sterrett, Alana Venter

Nina Siniakova, From the Four Winds, world premiere commission
Igor Stravinsky, Four Russian Peasant Songs for Women’s Chorus and Four French Horns
John Rutter, Three Birthday Madrigals for Upper Voices
Maurice Duruflé, Tóta Púlchra Es from Quatre Motets
Claude Debussy, Salut Printemps
Eleanor Daley, Rose Trilogy
Instrumental interlude by Genghis Barbie

Colors Of The Sun

Spring 2012

A concert bursting with the joy and vitality of summer.
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 4 pm
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

Conducted by Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director

With
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Nathalie Joachim, flute

Veljo Tormis: Suveöö (Summer Night)
R. Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
S. Rachmaninoff: Six Songs for Female Chorus
Karen P. Thomas: O Virtus Sapientiae
Jonathan Dove: It Sounded as if the Streets were Running (Saturday May 5 only)
Veljo Tormis: Lauliku lapsepoli (The Songster’s Childhood)
M. Duruflé: Prelude, Recitative and Variations for Flute, Viola and Piano (selections)

Journey

November, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8 pm
Holy Apostles Church, NYC

Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 3 pm
West End Collegiate Church, NYC

Conducted by Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director
With Taisiya Pushkar, piano

Presenting a rare performance of The Chambered Nautilus by American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944), plus the world premiere of The Journey, by Catherine Aks. The Seal Lullaby, by popular contemporary composer Eric Whitacre, along with works by Fauré, Holst, Verdi and Cecilia McDowall, complete our program of classical and contemporary works for the fall season.

Mornings With You

April, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 8 pm
Holy Apostles Church

Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3 pm
West End Collegiate Church

Presenting the world premiere of Mornings With You, a commissioned work by award-winning composer Christina Whitten Thomas, with poetry by Brooklyn poet, Pam McAllister.

Conducted by Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director

With the dynamic flute duo Flutronix – Nathalie Joachim & Allison Loggins-Hull
and Taisiya Pushkar, piano · Rachel Drehmann, French horn · Debra Kreisberg, clarinet · Julia Bruskin, cello · Fran Duffy, harp

This all-American program also features Charles Martin Loeffler’s By the Waters
of Babylon/Psalm 137, for women’s voices, organ, 2 flutes, harp and cello; Ned Rorem’s What is Pink?, and Meredith Monk’s Quarry Weave II.

 

Timeless

November, 2010

November 20, 2010 at 8 pm
Church of the Holy Apostles

November 21, 2010 at 3 pm
West End Collegiate Church

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Nancianne Parrella, organ

Melodia kicks off its eighth season with two concerts showcasing rarely heard and favorite classical and contemporary works in a prelude to the holiday season. Also featured is our first “Melodia Women Composers Spotlight,” presenting a new commissioned piece by performer/composer Becca Stevens, and Joan Szymko’s Ave Maria.

Benjamin Britten, Missa Brevis in D
Francis Poulenc, Litanies à la vierge noire
Becca Stevens, Soli Deo Gloria **world premiere of commissioned piece**
David Conte, A Hope Carol
David Willcocks, Psalm 150
Joan Szymko, Ave Maria
Gabriel Fauré, Ave verum

Songs from the Heart

May, 2010

May 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center

Love is in the air with this concert of lusciously lyrical works from the romantic period and beyond.

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
With Taisiya Pushkar, piano

Robert Schumann: Partsongs: Klosterfraulein; Der Bleicherin Nachtlied; Der Wasserman; Spruch; In Meeres Mitten
Johannes Brahms: Four Songs from The Fountain of Youth; In Stiller Nacht
Fanny Hensel: Three Heine Duets
Serge Rachmaninoff: The Angel from Six Choruses, Opus 15
Charles Villiers Stanford, arr. Faye Timmer: The Blue Bird
Felix Mendelssohn: Lied Mit Chor from Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tofig Guliyev: Azeri songs arr. Naila Aziz (soprano soloist): Oglum, Arzular; Al Shammanisi
Hamish MacCunn: On a Faded Violet; O My Love, Leave Me Not!
Piano interlude: Taisiya Pushkar performs works by Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann, in celebration of his 200th birthday

Notes Upon the Breeze

November, 2010

November 14, 2009 at 8 pm, Saint Peter’s Church, Citicorp

Featuring the world premiere of a new commissioned work by Chris Lastovicka.

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
With Taisiya Pushkar, piano
Transfigurations String Quintet
Lindsay Haughton, percussion

Selections from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
Gustav Holst’s Songs from the Princess
Imant Raminsh’s Songs of the Lights

Visions of Eternity

May, 2009

May 16, 2009 at 8 pm
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola

An evening of French choral works and other gems

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Françoise Murail, ondes Martenot
Kyung-A Yoo, piano
All-female orchestra

A rare performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine, for women’s choir, ondes Martenot, and orchestra.

Plus…
Messe a trois voix, by André Caplet
In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen, by Reza Vali (Naila Aziz, soprano)
U.S. premiere of an arrangement of Messiaen’s Fête des belles eaux, for ondes Martenot, strings, piano, and flute, by Claude S. Levine
Gustav Holst’s Ave Maria
Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine

Wrapped in Song

November, 2008

November 15 and 16, 2008

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Elaine Christy, harp

Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
Randall Thompson: Alleluia
Veljo Tormis: Selections from Autumn Landscapes and Winter Patterns
Gustav Holst: Two Eastern Pictures
John Rutter: Selections from Dancing Day
Zoltan Kodály: Wainamoinen Makes Music
John Kuzma: The Lamb

Force of Nature

May, 2008

May 3 and 4, 2008

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Yoo, piano

Ronald Perera: Earthsongs
Hilary Tann: Wellspring (U.S. premiere)
Hilary Tann: Contemplations (N.Y. premiere)
Zhou Long: Four Seasons
Yehezkel Braun: Spring Song
Samuel Barber: Sure on this Shining Night
Gordon Jacob: from A Goodly Heritage
Zoltán Kodály: Mountain Nights, No. 1
Ro Ogura: Hotaru Koi (Firefly)

Sweet Interlude

November, 2007

November 17 and 18, 2007

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Yoo, piano
Nancy Ranger, oboe and English horn
Joyce Toth, trumpet
Miranda Cuckson & Shira Natif, violins
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Rachel Calin, bass

Felix Mendelssohn: Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah
J.S. Bach: Wir eilen mis schwachen from Cantata 78 and Den Tod niemand swingen kunnt from Cantata 4
Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria RV 589, as originally performed by the all-female choir and orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà in 18th century Venice
Becca Schack: In My End is My Beginning (world premiere)
Eric Whitacre: She Weeps Over Rahoon and Five Hebrew Love Songs

Shout Sister Shout!

May, 2007

May 5, 2007

Girl Groups from the 12th to 21st Centuries

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Yoo, Piano
Barbara Merjan, percussion
Catherine Popper, bass
Sheryl Bailey, guitar
Pam Fleming, Trumpet
Morgan Russell and Vivien Lau, recorders

Hildegard von Bingen – O Quam Mirabilis (Originally sung by the Sisters of the Eibingen convent)
Music from the Venetian Ospedali – Magnificat, by Niccola Porpora (1686-1768)
Mediaeval Baebes – Love Me Broughte and Pearl
Bulgarian Women’s Choir – Polegnala e Toudora and Ergen Deda
Meredith Monk Ensemble – Quarry Weave II
Sweet Honey In The Rock – Alla That’s Alright, But
Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
Boswell Sisters – Shout! Sister, Shout!
The McGuire Sisters – Teach Me Tonight
Dixie Chicks – Lullaby

Hear Me With Your Eyes

November, 2006

Óyeme con los ojos

November 18, 2006

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Lee, piano
Elaine Christy, harp
Nathalie Joachim, flute
Joanne Lin, cello
Ana María Rosado, guitar
Barbara Merjan, percussion and Aztec instruments
Angeles Acosta, narrator

Allison Sniffin: Óyeme con los ojos – WORLD PREMIERE
(Hear Me with Your Eyes: Sor Juana on the Nature of Love)
New commissioned work

Jorge Córdoba: Tres ambientes nocturnos – U.S. Premiere
Stephen Hatfield: Las amirillas (traditional Mexican folk song)
Cesar Carillo: Ave Maria
Sid Robinovitch: Noche de lluvia
Pablo Casals: Nigra sum
Atahualpa Yupanqui: Duerme negrito
Francisco Guerrero: Ojos claros y serenos
Jayme Ovalle: Xango
Bob Chilcott: Cuatro baladas amarillas

A Thousand Sweet Refrains

April, 2006

April 22, 2006

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Lee, piano
Allegra Lilly, harp
Kathy Canfield, Katie Dennis, Rachel Drehmann, Anita Miller,
French horns
Morgan Russell, flute

Stravinsky: Four Russian Peasant Songs with Four French Horns
Brahms: Four Songs for Women’s Chorus, Two Horns and Harp
Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda
André Caplet: Messe a Trois Voix
Allison Sniffin: Hear Me with Your Eyes (work-in-progress excerpts from a new commissioned piece)

Twilight in the Garden of Dreams

November, 2005

November 19, 2005

Concert of mystical, darkly transcendent music for an autumn evening

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Lee, piano
The Momenta String Quartet:
Miranda Cuckson and Song-Del’Aquilla Cho, violins
Stephanie Griffin, viola; and Joanne Lin, cello
Rachel Calin, double bass
Morgan Russell, flute

Gustav Holst: Seven Partsongs for Female Vocies and Strings (1-6)
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Two Partsongs
Matti Hyokki: On Suuri sun rantas autius
Jeffrey Van: Echo
Donald Patriquin: Hajnal Csillag (Morning Star)
Meredith Monk: Quarry Weave
E.J. Moeran: When Icicles Hang by the Wall
Peter Warlock: Three Partsongs – The Bayley Berith the Bell Away, Lullaby, Mourn No More
Elena Kats-Chernin: Memorial Rag
Timothy Luby: When I am Dead My Dearest
Veljo Tormis: Lauliku Lapsepoli (The Songster’s Childhood)
Harri Wessman: Vesi Vasyy Lumen Alle (Water Under Snow is Weary)
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: String Quartet Eb

Sirens

April, 2005

April 30, 2005

Songs of the Sea – Haunting tales of the deep

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Lee, piano
Barbara Biggers, harp
Nathalie Joachim, flute
Amy Fraser, bassoon

Lili Boulanger: Les Sirenes
Nick Page: Niska Banja
Paul Halley: The Grey Selchie
Eleanor Daley: The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle
Carl Bertil Agnestig: Who Can Sail
Alice Parker: Three Seas
Allister MacGillivray: Away from the Roll of the Sea
Donald Patriquin: Wreck of the Steamship Ethie
Stella Goud: The Maid on the Shore
Brian Holmes: The Mermaid
Gustav Holst: Hymn to the Waters

November Song

November, 2004

November 20, 2004

Heartwarming music of autumnal delight

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Kyung-A Lee, piano
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Stephanie Griffin, viola

C. Armstrong Gibbs, arr. Allison Sniffin: The Song of Shadows
David Conte: In Praise of Music
Gustav Holst: Ave Maria
Yehezkel Braun: Songs and Ballads by H.N. Bialik
Rebecca Clark: Dumka, Duo Concertante for violin, viola and piano
Serge Rachmaninoff: from Six Songs for Female Chorus
Edward Elgar: Snow
Jorunn Vioar, arr. Bora Yoon: Vökuró
Harri Wessman: Vesi Vasyy Lumen Alle

Salut Printemps

May, 2004

May 17, 2004

Melodia Women’s Choir’s debut concert, a welcome to spring with soaring music for women’s voices

Conducted by Cynthia Powell
Linda Glasgal, piano
Nancy Ranger, oboe

Claude Debussy: Salut Printemps
Eleanor Daley: The Rose Trilogy
Meredith Monk: Quarry Weave II
Paul Halley: Seeds of Love
Gabriel Fauré: Messe Basse
Arr. Benjamin Britten: The Sally Gardens
Johannes Brahms: In Stiller Nacht
Jayme Ovalle: Xango
Claudio Monteverdi: Interrotte Speranze