Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents Autumn Fire, a 15th Anniversary Concert

Concert feat. Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, Josef Rheinberger & celebrating 15 years of bringing women's choral music to the world
By: Melodia Women's Choir of NYC
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NEW YORK - Oct. 17, 2017 - PRLog -- Melodia Women's Choir, New York's premier ensemble for women's choral music led by artistic director Cynthia Powell, announces its 15th anniversary season with Autumn Fire, a program inspired by the fiery colors of autumn and German Romantic composers.

A lovely set of motets by siblings Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel will be performed, as well as the harp mass Harfenmesse: Missa Advocata Nostra by Johann Kaspar Aiblinger, and Josef Rheinberger's ethereal Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, both works featuring harp soloist Rita Costanzi, formerly a principal harpist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a solo harpist of the CBC Radio Orchestra.


NOV 18, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea, New York, NY

NOV 19, 2017 @ 3 PM

West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th St, Upper West Side, New York, NY

$20 adv ($25 door)

$15 adv (students & seniors)

Tel: (800) 838-3006


Melodia Women's Choir led by Cynthia Powell, with Mika Nishimura (piano), Rita Costanzi (harp), Meaghan Burke (cello), and Mary Ann McSweeney (bass).


Johann Kaspar Aiblinger (1769-1867): Harfenmesse (Harp Mass), for harp, organ, cello and bass

Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901): Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, with harp

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847): Three Songs of Heinrich Heine

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847): Three Motets, op. 39 - Veni Domine, Pueri, Surrexit Pastor Bonus; Lied mit Chor, from A Midsummer Night's Dream


With 15 years of adventurous, fresh and wide-ranging repertoire that offers rarely heard, stylistically diverse works, Melodia has established a reputation as the premier women's choir of NYC. Called "riveting" by The New York Times and hailed by composers such as Meredith Monk, Hilary Tann and Ronald Perera, Melodia is also committed to nurturing emerging women composers through commissions and performances. Founded by Executive Director Jenny Clarke and Artistic Director Cynthia Powell in 2003, Melodia collaborates with and supports women composers, musicians and performers across a broad musical spectrum.


Formerly a principal harpist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a solo harpist of the CBC Radio Orchestra, and a faculty member at the University of British Columbia School of Music, the Comox Valley Youth Music Center and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Costanzi has established an international reputation as an artist of rare depth, sensitivity and "exquisite virtuosity." She is currently at work on a new one-woman theatrical show with Hershey Felder and a book based on her life to be launched in 2017-18.

Teri Duerr
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