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Melodia offers "Incantations"
Posted 11/15/2019

Melodia: IncantationsThe allure of the supernatural, the mystery of mysticism, the seduction of the spiritual. Our human desire to connect to something beyond what can be known, to extend belief in something larger, to explain the unfathomable is as old as human time. This autumn season, as the days darken, Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC, under the direction of Conductor Cynthia Powell, brings audiences "Incantations," a program that Melodia says, “contemplates life, death and the realm of the spirit.”

Incantations features two mystical-tinged U.S. premieres, Days and Moments — Autumn and Winter from English composer Robin Milford (1903-1959) based on the poetry of Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), and Fairy Day: Three Idylls for Female Chorus by Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924).

“I have always had a special fascination with the arcane and the inexplicable, and I love English choral music,” said Artistic Director Cynthia Powell. “When Melodia found the suite by Robin Milford, who was a student of Vaughan Williams, and the cantata by Charles V. Stanford describing the world of fairies and nature spirits, I knew they would be featured in a Melodia concert someday. That we are performing them for American audiences for the first time is an added thrill!” More...


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