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Melodia Women's Choir presents COLORS OF THE SUN

 05 May 2012 at 8:00pm 

Melodia Women's Choir presents COLORS OF THE SUN

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue, NYC, New York
United States
+1 800-838-3006

Performers include Melodia Women’s Choir, Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director; Taisiya Pushkar (piano); Nathalie Joachim (flute/piccolo); and Stephanie Griffin (viola).

Melodia Women's Choir of New York City, conducted by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell, concludes its ninth season of bringing rarely heard music for women’s voices to choral audiences with “Colors of the Sun,” a spirited concert bursting with the joy and vitality of summer days and featuring "Many-Colored Brooms," a work by Johannes Somary (1925-2011). This rarely heard, evocative composition for women’s voices, flute/piccolo, viola, and piano takes its name from the opening line of Emily Dickinson’s poem “She sweeps with many-colored Brooms,” and is inspired by the powerful imagery, feminist spirit, and playful tone of Dickinson’s work.

Also featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson is "It sounded as if the Streets were running," a composition by the contemporary British choral and opera composer Jonathan Dove that captures the swelling energy of a summer storm. Additional program works include "O Virtus Sapientiae," a radiant and meditative piece by Seattle-based conductor and composer Karen P. Thomas on a text by Hildegard von Bingen, the soaring "Magnificat" by R. Vaughan Williams, the beautiful "Six Songs for Female Chorus" by S. Rachmaninoff, and beginning and ending compositions, from the celebrated and prolific Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, "Suveöö" ("Summer Night") and" Lauliku lapsepoli" ("The Songster’s Childhood").

Veljo Tormis : Suveöö (Summer Night)
Johannes Somary : Many-Colored Brooms
Vaughan Williams : Magnificat
Sergei Rachmaninov : Six Songs for Female Chorus
Karen P. Thomas : O Virtus Sapientiae
Jonathan Dove : It sounded as if the Streets were running
Veljo Tormis : Lauliku lapsepoli (The Songster’s Childhood)

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