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|Melodia offers "Visions of Peace"
For Melodia Women's Choir, preparations for last year's mid-November
concert program, "Questions About Angels," were more nerve-wracking than usual.
Hurricane Sandy hit the New York and New Jersey on October 29, and thousands
lost their homes, the New York City Marathon was cancelled, and many in the area
still did not have their electricity back. But both performances were nearly
sold out, and those who attended can attest to the healing power of music during
times of crisis.
This year, Melodia celebrates the beginning of its 11th season and
Benjamin Britten's centenary with a holiday program, "Visions of Peace," which
features the great 20th century composer's A Ceremony of Carols along with
Gustav Holst's Seven Part-Songs for Female Voices and Strings and a
Spanish-language piece from Paul Csonka, Concierto de Navidad, featuring
Christmas carols set to Cuban rhythms. In the spirit of looking back to the
events of last year and forward to a continued recovery for the many still
affected by disasters both local and global, here are a few visions of peace
from the Melodia community:
Nicholas McGegan conducts Handel at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival
On November 21, 22 and 23, British conductor and early music specialist
Nicholas McGegan will lead Handel's glorious L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il
Moderato at the David Koch Theater as part of Lincoln Center's White Light
Festival. The performance will feature the Mark Morris Dance Group, the MMDG
Music Ensemble, the Riverside Choral Society Chamber Singers, and soloists--
soprano Dominique Labelle, soprano Yulia Van Doren, tenor John
McVeigh and bass-baritone Douglas Williams. The White Light Festival
performances mark the 25th anniversary of L'Allegro's premiere at the
Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. The final performance, on November 23,
which also closes the Festival, takes place 25 years to the day of its first
performance in 1988. There will be a pre-performance discussion with Mark Morris
and Ara Guzelimian on November 22 at 6:15 PM in the David Rubenstein Atrium,
Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets. Tickets are available online
at WhiteLightFestival.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or at the
Avery Fisher or Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street. Dan
Dutcher and Amanda Coleman had the opportunity to talk to Mr. McGegan about the
"Britten 100" concerts mark composer's centenary
Born in England on November 22, 1913, Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) made his mark
with celebrated operas like Peter Grimes and Billy Budd, along
with a wide array of symphonic and choral works, and became one of the most well
known composers of the 20th century. From your local orchestra hall to pop
culture, like the soundtrack to Wes Anderson's recent film Moonrise Kingdom,
Britten's works can be found in familiar and unexpected places. One hundred
years after the composer's birth, Britten's music is alive and well. "I think
Benjamin Britten is one of the truly great composers of the 20th century," says
Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic. "Britten was a
progressive cultural figure too," states the Britten-Pears Foundation, an
organization committed to the legacy of Britten and his partner of nearly 40
years, the tenor Peter Pears (1910-1986). "[He was] ahead of his time on issues
including pacifism, homosexuality and the role of artists in their communities."
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- Choral composer Steven Sametz, artistic director of The Princeton Singers, has been named the recipient of the 10th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize presented by the University of Connecticut, a $25,000 award to compose a new work for a specific area of musical arts that will be performed and recorded. (2013-10-15)
- The Greenwich Village Singers are now the Greenwich Village Chamber Singers. (2013-7-31)
- The Board of Directors of The Empire City Men’s Chorus, under the leadership of Board President Jeremy Davidson, has announced the retirement of ECMC Artistic Director Christopher Clowdus after five years of distinguished service and programming. In conjunction with Mr. Clowdus's retirement, the Board has initiated a search for a new artistic director. See the ad in the Info Exchange for more information. (2013-7-16)
- Stacy Horn, New York singer and author, discussed her book Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness in Singing With Others on NPR's Talk of the Nation on June 3. (2013-6-15)
- Results are in from the New York regional of the 2013 Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, held March 30 at the Miller Theatre. First place: The Rainbows. Second place: Six13. Third place: Low Key. Honorable Mention: Satellite Lane. See www.harmony-sweepstakes.com/newyork.html for more information. (2013-3-31)
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- November 18, 2013: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Aftersox, a post-collegirate women's a cappella ensemble in Park Slope.
- November 8, 2013: New Choir Directory listing for TENET, the professional vocal ensemble directed by Jolle Greenleaf. New link for the Cape Town Choir Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, held during
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- November 7, 2013: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for LushTongue, a new women's vocal ensemble based in Brooklyn.
- October 24, 2013: New Choir Directory listing for the Holy Rosary Church Adult Choir, a volunteer church choir in the Bronx.
- October 19, 2013: New Choir Directory listing for the Brookdale Concordia Chorale, a community chorus based in Lincroft, NJ. New Choir Directory listing for the Concordia Youth Chorale, a girls' youth choir in Middletown, NJ.
- September 30, 2013: New link for Send Me Music, a UK-based outfit specializing in digital sheet music downloads.
- September 15, 2013: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for New York Bulgarian Women's Choir, the successor to Yasna Voices.
- September 9, 2013: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Kaleidoscope Youth Chorus of Brooklyn, newly forming in Ditmas Park.
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