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Melodia Women's Choir presents rare Messiaen choral work with newly-created all-women orchestra in "Visions of Eternity"
by Cynthia L. Cooper for Vocal Area Network
Posted May 9, 2009

Melodia Women's choir; photo by Andrew FraszSince the first concert of Melodia Women's Choir of New York City five years ago, conductor and artistic director Cynthia Powell has harbored a secret wish.

"It's been my dream to conduct Olivier Messiaen's Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine, one of the few major pieces in the repertoire for women's chorus and orchestra, and Messiaen's only work for a women's choir," said Powell. "I love Messiaen's harmonic language; I love his view on melody; I love his appreciation of nature and birdsong. From the beginning of my work with Melodia, I had in mind to do this piece," Powell said.

On May 16, 2009 at 8 PM, Powell will see her wish fulfilled with a bold and ambitious concert by Melodia Women's Choir. Called "Visions of Eternity," it will be performed at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue in New York City, home of Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, and features Tro