in New York State (April 2016)
Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm
West End Collegiate Church
368 West End Avenue at 77th Street, New York City
*Reception with refreshments to follow concert
*This concert will also be held on April 20th
Tickets are $20/advance, $25/door ($15/advance students and seniors)
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A Breath of Spring is presented by Melodia Women’s Choir, the premiere women’s choir of NYC, and part of the Russian-American History Month. This 10th-anniversary concert is conducted by Artistic Director Cynthia Powell and features a very special world premiere commission, From the Four Winds, by Belarusian-American composer and pianist, Nina Siniakova, with instrumental accompaniment from the all-female French horn quartet Genghis Barbie. Also performing, will be the Moldova-born pianist Taisiya Pushkar.
Special guests Genghis Barbie will also accompany Melodia in the seldom-performed Four Russian Peasant Songs for Women’s Chorus and Four French Horns by Igor Stravinsky. “These are wondrous works,” says Powell. “They exude a kind of rough and tumble jocularity, and are so quintessential Stravinsky. You can hear tiny snippets of his Petroushka, Persephone, and The Rite of Spring. Also featured this season are works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Duruflé, Eleanor Daley, and John Rutter, who has written an effervescent trio of songs inspired by Shakespearean texts: It Was a Lover and His Lass, When Daisies Pied, and My True Love Hath My Heart.
Melodia Women’s Choir has been called “riveting” by the New York Times and was named one of the top choirs in New York by Time Out New York. Melodia has been heard on radio stations WQXR and WNYC, seen on NBC-TV, and has performed at Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Surrogate’s Courthouse as guest artists at the Women’s History Month Celebration for the New York City Comptroller. For more information, please visit www.melodiawomenschoir.org or call 212-252-4134.