28 Apr 2018
296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY
Holy Apostles Church
Melodia Women's Choir of NYC
Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director
Celebrating 15 seasons of bringing women's choral music to the world with a spring program featuring a joyful all-American program of works from Elliott Carter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Sally Lamb McCune, Kevin Siegfried, and the U.S. premiere of "A Brighter Garden," by Paul Halley. Conducted by Cynthia Powell with Taisiya Pushkar on piano and an all-female chamber orchestra.
Melodia Women’s Choir, New York’s premier ensemble for women’s choral music led by artistic director Cynthia Powell, closes out its 15th anniversary season with an all-American program THE HARMONY OF MORNING, titled from the rarely heard Elliott Carter composition by the same name for women’s chorus and chamber orchestra.
Set to poetry by Mark van Doren, The Harmony of Morning explores the language of nature and music as the purest forms of communication. It is an ode to the beauty and joy of the natural world and a perfect way to herald the spring.
Melodia is also pleased to perform the U.S. premiere of A Brighter Garden, by Paul Halley, a work that evokes a shimmering paradise with soaring and intertwining melodies. Melodia marks its anniversary by revisiting a work the choir premiered in 2011, Mornings With You, by Christina Whitten Thomas. Jubilee and Where Do the Roads Go? written by another Melodia commissioned composer, Sally Lamb McCune, rounds out the program along with the American folk settings of Shaker Songs, by Kevin Siegfried.
Melodia Women’s Choir led by Cynthia Powell, Taisiya Pushkar (piano), and an all-female chamber orchestra.
Elliott Carter, The Harmony of Morning
Paul Halley, A Brighter Garden (U.S. Premiere)
Christina Whitten Thomas, Mornings With You
Sally Lamb McCune, Jubliee and Where Do the Roads Go?
Kevin Siegfried, Shaker Songs
$20 adv ($25 door)
$15 adv (students & seniors)
Tel: (800) 838-3006
More at melodiawomenschoir.org
Please note there is a second matinee performance
APRIL 29, 2017 @ 3 PM
West End Collegiate Church
245 West 77th St
(@ West End Ave)
Upper West Side, New York, NY
ABOUT CYNTHIA POWELL
Cynthia Powell celebrates her 15th 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, New Jersey.
Founded by Executive Director Jenny Clarke and Artistic Director Cynthia Powell in 2003,Melodia has established a reputation as the premier women’s choir of NYC thanks to its adventurous, fresh and wide-ranging repertoire of rarely heard, stylistically diverse works. Called “riveting” by The New York
Times and hailed by composers such as Meredith Monk, Hilary Tann and Ronald Perera, Melodia collaborates with and supports women composers, musicians and performers across a broad musical spectrum through commissions and performances. www.melodiawomenschoir.org