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Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents Awakening the Spirit

 29 April 2017 at 7:30 PM 

Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents Awakening the Spirit

Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue, NYC, New York
United States
+1 800-838-3006

Melodia Women’s Choir led by Cynthia Powell, Areta Zhulla (violin), Rita Costanzi (harp), an all-female string quintet, and Taisiya Pushkar (collaborative pianist)

Melodia Women’s Choir, New York’s premier ensemble for women’s choral music conducted by Cynthia Powell, continues its 14th season with Awakening the Spirit in a soaring concert featuring the U.S. premiere of John Rutter’s “Visions.” Written by Rutter as a showcase for violin and choir, “Visions” is a powerful work that examines the spiritual, religious, and historic importance of Jerusalem as a symbol of “a utopian ideal of heavenly peace and seraphic bliss for redeemed humanity” in four movements. Melodia is excited to work with accomplished violin soloist Areta Zhulla, along with harpist Rita Costanzi, and an all-female string quintet.

Also on the program is “The Dancers” from notable Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-1977), and women’s choral favorite “Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda” by Gustav Holst (1874–1934). “To say that I’m excited about this music would be an understatement,” says Artistic Director Cynthia Powell. “To be able to offer the U.S. premiere of a new work by John Rutter is a thrilling thing in and of itself, but to bring to life the gorgeous choral suite ‘The Dancers’ by Grace Williams.... Add to that the exquisite playing of violinist Areta Zhulla, and we have a knockout concert.”

John Rutter : Visions
Grace Williams : The Dancers
Gustav Holst : Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda

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