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Melodia lifts the veil on Vivaldi's Gloria
Posted 4/25/2019

Melodia: GloriaMusic always tells a story. Melodia Women’s Choir’s spring 2019 program presents the story of Antonio Vivaldi and the women and girls of the Ospedale della Pietà music conservatory and orphanage in 18th century Venice with “Gloria: Lifting the Veil on Vivaldi’s Masterpiece.” Directed by Christa Scott Reed, with a script by Brooklyn-based poet and writer Pam McAllister, the program will feature New York City actors Lynda Gravatt, Erika Rolfsrud and Katrina Michaels along with an all-female chamber ensemble and the Melodia choir.

“I had the idea to present it dramatically…to get away from the 'stand and sing' concert formula that we and most other choruses use, and to go for a creative approach that would really stimulate our audiences,” says Cynthia Powell, Melodia artistic director. “The whole phenomenon will come alive with the actors, Pam's wonderful script and Christa's expert direction.” More...


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  • Read the New York Times obituary of Joseph Flummerfelt, who died last week at the age of 82. (2019-3-6)
  • The GMChorale, a 90-voice choir based in Middletown, CT, has announced the appointment of Melissa Rooklidge as Assistant Conductor and Director of Operations, the first person to fill these newly-created roles. For more details, visit www.gmchorale.org. (2019-2-28)
  • Ember has moved its Tuesday-evening rehearsal location to the Opera America building, 330 7th Avenue (2-1/2 blocks south of Penn Station) effective as of March 5. As Ember draws its membership from New York and New Jersey, the new location, near Penn Station, was selected for its accessibility to singers from both states. For more details, see Ember's audition ad on the Choir Auditions page. (2019-2-26)
  • Interkultur's American International Choral Festival runs February 14-18, 2019 in Princeton, NJ. For details, visit www.interkultur.com/events/2019/princeton/. (2018-12-30)
  • Florilegium Chamber Choir has appointed James Knox Sutterfield as its music director, the fourth in its forty-three year history. (2018-12-20)

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