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Our world premiere concert, CASSANDRA, on May 14 at 7:30 pm is a delight of stories and myths in song.

What will you be hearing?

THE EPIC TALE OF CASSANDRA
We sing the World Premiere Commission  by Composer Hilary Purrington, our eighth commissioned woman composer
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“The music of world premiere piece ‘Cassandra’ conveys the tragic nature of knowing when disaster is to come, but being unable to divert it. Very compelling.”
– Cynthia Powell, Melodia Artistic Director

Listen to a BlogTalkRadio discussion by composer Hilary Purrington, mythologist Laura Shamas, Melodia’s Artistic Director, Cynthia Powell, and Melodia Executive Director Jenny Clarke.

COSMIC “QUARRY WEAVE” by Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk was honored in 2015 by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts in 2015.  With her special permission, we sing her intricate and melodic “Quarry Weave.”

“It’s one of those pieces you wish would never end. Like much of Meredith Monk’s music, it feels like it’s been going on in the cosmos for thousands of years.”
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HUMOR AND WHIMSY in “FIVE LIMERICKS” by Emma Lou Diemer
Composer Emma Lou Diemer took limericks written by her sister, Dorothy Dimer Hendry, and made five delightful songs for women’s voices.  You’ll be smiling!

A LITTLE BIT OF CLASSIC POP
~”Georgia on My Mind”
~”Sunday Kind of Love”
~”Unforgettable”

“There are some popular tunes that are real classics that sort of become part of our DNA. These are some of the best,” said conductor Cynthia Powell.

PULSE-POUNDING PERCUSSION
Including the taiko piece “Dreams” by Kaoru Watanabe, performed by female percussionists of Néo Ensemble.Taisiya

THE PLAYFUL AND POIGNANT PIANO OF TAISIYA PUSHKAR
Our award-winning pianist makes the keyboard sing.

WONDERFUL SINGERS
We can’t say enough about the amazingly talented singers in Melodia Women’s Choir!
Our sopranos include Blessing Agunwamba, Lauren D’Imperio, Colleen Maher, Maggie Parker, Theresa Pascoe, Ashley Paskalis, Tranisha Thomas, Sarah Woodruff, Rachel Younger. Our altos include Cara Brownell, Jenny Clarke, Alexandra Drozda, Rebecca Ellis, Rebecca Ellman, Jordana Moldauer, Ruth Parlin, Gina Patterson, Jeanne Ruskin, Jackie Sunderland.

AND we’ll have a gift basket raffle of spring concert-themed gifts: Limericks and Lit, Greek Gourmet, Southern Charm, and Myths, Goddesses and Wonder Women.

READ MORE about the concert: www.melodiawomenschoir.org or at Webwire.

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CASSANDRA

$20 ADVANCE ($25 DOOR)
$15 ADVANCE STUDENTS & SENIORS
(Advance sales end 1 PM, MAY 14, 2016)

Order in advance by credit card at Brown Paper Tickets online
or by phone at 800-838-3006.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 at 7:30 PM
West End Collegiate Church, UWS
245 West 77th St @ West End Ave, NYC