Vivaldi's Magnificat, as originally performed by women's voices
Dvořák's Largo, part of NY Phil 175th Anniversary New World Symphony
U.S. Premiere of Seven Blake Songs by Rudi Tas
NY Preimere of Ütle Sina (Tell Me) by Tonu Kõrvits
Melodia Women’s Choir, New York’s premier ensemble for women’s choral music led by artistic directorCynthia Powell, announces Autumn Rhapsody, a program for audiences eager to experience Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat performed in its original version for women’s voices. Listeners will also encounter music from contemporary composers Eleanor Daley, Ola Gjeilo, and be the first to hear New York premieres of works by Rudi Tas and Tõnu Kõrvits.
Melodia will also perform a historic vocal arrangement of the Largo from Dvořák’s New World Symphonyas part of the NY Philharmonic’s 175th Anniversary New World Initiative. This powerful arrangement was created by Margaret Dryburgh and Norah Chambers for a performance by and for women POWs 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.
PERFORMERS - Melodia Women’s Choir led by Cynthia Powell, Taisiya Pushkar (piano), and an all-female string quintet.
Ola Gjeilo - Song of the Universal and Tundra
Antonio Vivaldi - Magnificat, as originally performed by women’s voices
Tina 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