Melodia Women's Choir presents a holiday concert, a new recording and a gift bazaar
I 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.
Conductor Thomas Crawford talks about American Classical Orchestra's upcoming B Minor Mass
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
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
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