Melodia offers A Winter's Welcome
Posted 11/8/2022 4:34:00 PM
Leaves changing color and a chill in the air can only mean one thing in NYC -- autumn is here and winter is on the way! Embrace the upcoming wintertime with "A Winter's Welcome," the fall concert on November 20, 2022 at 4 PM where Melodia Women's Choir will take listeners through the transition from fall to winter, interweaving poetry and music for treble voices. The 34-singer ensemble, joined by professional actors and instrumental musicians, promises to evoke imagery and feelings of beauty, nostalgia and melancholy to embody the different moments of this transitory time.
"The exquisite transition from summer to fall, and then to winter is for me the most beautiful time of all….or as Friedrich Nietzsche said, 'I notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.' There's a melancholy -- 'mellow and acute' in the words of May Sarton, whose poem 'Autumn Sonnet' will be read at the concert," said artistic director Cynthia Powell.
Matthew Lewis talks about the St. George's Choral Society November 20 Mendelssohn concert
Posted 11/6/2022 12:30:00 PM
St. George's Choral Society will be performing works of both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn on November 20 at 3 PM at St. George's Church, 4 Rutherford Place, New York, NY. On the program: Felix's Hör' mein Bitten, Op. post; Wie der Hirsch schreit, Op. 42; Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, WoO 28; Richte mich, Gott, Op. 78, No. 2; and Fanny's Gartenlieder, Opus 3 (selections). Kendra Berentsen will be the soprano soloist.
First, a quick history for our readers. Fanny was Felix's older sister. Their mutual love of music was a strong bond between them. They both studied piano and composition under Carl Friedrich Zelter, an eminent German composer and teacher. Zelter's letters indicate that he favored Fanny's musical prowess over Felix's. Alas, women at that time were not expected to pursue a professional career. While Fanny's talents were evident to all, her father wrote to her, "Music will perhaps become his [Felix's] profession, while for you it can and must only be an ornament, never the basis of your being and doing."
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