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Fall concert - Notes Upon the Breeze
Saint Peter's Church
New York, NY
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Fall concert - Notes Upon the Breeze
Melodia Women's Choir celebrates its sixth year of innovative concerts in New York City with the World Premiere of Notes Upon the Breeze, a remarkable new commissioned work by award-winning composer Chris Lastovicka. The music is set to the poetry of U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan.

The concert will be on Saturday November 14 at 8 pm at Saint Peter's Church in the Citigroup Center on Lexington Avenue and E. 54th Street in New York City.  Artistic Director Cynthia Powell will conduct.

Lastovicka is the winner of the first Women Composers Commissioning Competition held by Melodia, a choir of 35 women's voices. "Notes Upon the Breeze is fresh and inspired," said Powell. "It's matched perfectly to the poetry of Kay Ryan  meditative miniatures full of subtlety and wit."  

Written especially for Melodia, Notes Upon the Breeze is drawn from three poems by Ryan: How Birds Sing, Drops in the Bucket, and Distance. Fanfare Magazine has describes Lastovicka's work as having a "real sense of power and refined craft."

Melodia's November 14 concert will also feature Songs of the Lights by Latvian-born Canadian composer Imant Raminsh, set to Algonquin and Navajo texts, and Songs from "The Princess," by Gustav Holst, using poems by Alfred Tennyson. The choir will perform selections from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

Instrumentalists joining the choir in concert are Taisiya Pushkar, piano, and the Transfiguration Quintet, with performers Song-a Dell'Aquila Cho and Naho Tsutsui, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello, and Rachel Calin, bass. Lindsay Haughton will play percussion.


Saint Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue @ E 54th St.
New York, NY 10022
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Melodia Women's Choir of NYC
On BPT Since: Sep 20, 2007
Jenny Clarke

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