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Melodia Women's Choir presents a holiday concert, a new recording and a gift bazaar
Posted 11/20/2014

Melodia--WindsongI will lie down in autumn
let birds be flying
Swept in a hollow by the wind
-- In Autumn, music by Gwyneth Walker, poetry by May Swenson

As the birds fly and grass and leaves turn, it is once again time for the Melodia Women’s Choir holiday concert -- an autumn tradition since 2004, when New York City’s premier choir for female voices first debuted on the choral scene. A hallmark of any Melodia concert from the past decade is the choir’s emphasis on searching out rare and unique pieces, taking programmatic risks, and featuring women composers, lyricists, musicians and performers from across the musical spectrum. This season’s concert “Windsong” is no different, as the choir highlights the music of composer Gwyneth Walker, performing her setting of May Swenson’s poem In Autumn. More...


Conductor Thomas Crawford talks about American Classical Orchestra's upcoming B Minor Mass
Posted 11/5/2014

American Classical OrchestraThis year marks American Classical Orchestra’s 30th anniversary season. The Orchestra celebrated its opening night on September 23 at Alice Tully Hall, and its next concert will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 PM, also at Alice Tully Hall. The concert will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s towering masterpiece, Mass in B Minor. Conductor Thomas Crawford spoke with Dan Dutcher about the upcoming season.

Dan Dutcher: On November 15, the ACO will have its first-ever performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Can you tell us a bit about how this program came together and why it’s so special?

Thomas Crawford: There are certain mature masterworks that I have saved for later in my conducting career, not because of my technical or analysis abilities, but because of the life perspective that is required to fully participate. More...


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  • Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman, has released a new CD entitled Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit. The recording, featuring soloists Ron Raines, Bruce Ruben and Michael Slattery, introduces exciting arrangements of traditional songs that represent the Jewish holidays and life-cycle events. For more information, visit www.judithclurman.com. (2014-11-5)
  • Ryan Brandau is the new artistic director of Amor Artis. (2014-7-3)
  • Jolle Greenleaf and Donald Meineke direct the Early Music Festival NYC, running June 13-19, 2014. For details, visit www.emfnyc.org. (2014-5-7)
  • C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. The Adventurous Programming awards recognize choruses that demonstrate a sustained commitment to adventurous programming through performances of choral music written in the last 25 years.Read more about the award at www.chorusamerica.org/news/2014-chorus-america-award-recipients-announced. (2014-5-7)
  • The New York Virtuoso Singers and Harold Rosenbaum have received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the fourth time NYVS and Rosenbaum have received this honor. Read more about the awards at www.chorusamerica.org/news/2014-chorus-america-award-recipients-announced. (2014-4-30)

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  • November 15, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Urban Kantorei, a mixed-voice choir based in midtown Manhattan.
  • October 21, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.
  • September 8, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Village Chorus for Children and Youth, based in the East Village.
  • September 3, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for Hudson Opera Theatre, based in Sugar Loaf, NY.
  • August 31, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Young Voyces, a treble youth choir in Staten Island.
  • August 26, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for NJWOMENSONG, a women's choir based in Hunterdon County, NJ.
  • August 25, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The College of Saint Rose Women's Chorale, based in Albany, NY.
  • August 19, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Glen Ridge Congregational Church Chancel Choir in Glen Ridge, NJ.
  • August 15, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Melodia Singers, a newly-formed women's ensemble in Basking Ridge, NJ.
  • August 14, 2014: Design updates for the Advertise and About VAN pages to bring them in line with the rest of the site.

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