Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC Presents “Light of a Brand New Day,” Reimagining American Roots Music

Women’s voices raised in hope and resilience: Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 3:00 pm in Chelsea, New York City

New York City, NY, USA – WEBWIRE

“With all of the uncertainty and unrest in our world, we wanted to share music that offers some comfort and respite” ~ Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director, Melodia Women’s Choir

At a time when people are longing for hope and harmony, Melodia Women’s Choir presents a heartwarming selection of American roots music arranged for women’s voices.

Highlights of the concert include Southern Harmony selections arranged by vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, and familiar favorites from Dolly Parton, Carly Simon and Carole King. Also featured is a set of two newly-edited gems by American women composers: “Sleep Song” by Margaret Bonds and “Night” by Florence B. Price.

In a trio of folk revival pieces, the performance of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” is dedicated to former Melodia singer Ukrainian Okenka Dzhedzhora who sent a message from her besieged home in Lviv asking Melodia to “sing for me.” The concert’s final song, Rosephanye Powell’s “Still I Rise,” resonates with a message of hope and resiliency.

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director of Melodia said: “With all of the uncertainty and unrest in our world, we wanted to share music that offers some comfort and respite from life’s tumult and provides a glimpse of some iconic American musical moments.”

Performing with Melodia is the Melodia Bluegrass Band. Formed for this concert, the acclaimed musicians include Hilary Hawke, banjo; Barbara Merjan, drums; Ann Klein, guitar; Chelsea Starbuck Smith, violin; and Eleonore Oppenheim, double bass, with Taisiya Pushkar, piano.

Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC, now approaching its 20th year, has established a reputation as the premier women’s choir of NYC. To date, Melodia has performed 34 concerts of works written for women’s voices and presented 12 world premieres, including nine original commissioned works from women composers.

Called “riveting” by The New York Times, Melodia has performed at Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, DiMenna Center, among many other venues. Melodia has been recognized by the NYC Council for high quality musical performances “fostering greater harmony throughout our community and beyond.” Jennifer Clarke is the Executive Director of Melodia.

Live Concert

Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm

Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue (28th Street), Chelsea, NYC


Tickets ($20, advance general; $15, advance stu/seniors) $25 at the door

Melodia Choir Sings Again and Celebrates the Sun, Moon and Stars

Melodia Women’s Choir presents “Sun, Moon, and Stars,” a celebration of the universe as a constant force and source of wonder amid the Earth’s catastrophic challenges. On the heels of two virtual concerts during the pandemic, Melodia is thrilled to be performing in-person together again, in what will be their first live concert since November 2019.
“The steadfast presence of the stars, the moon, and the sun, is a comfort to us,” states Artistic Director Cynthia Powell. “We know they’re there, that time on their scale is barely fathomable, and the knowledge of their ineffable presence in spite of the exigencies of life on this pale blue dot has a grounding effect on our collective psyche. When we might feel hopeless or frustrated, wondering what the fate of our human race will be, we can look to the sun, moon, and stars for strength, for hope, and for constancy.”
The concert weaves together lesser-known works for treble voices, such as Moonplay by Lee R. Kesselman, Songs of the Lights by Imant Raminsh, and Stars by Ēriks Ešenvalds, accompanied by tuned water glasses, with more familiar repertoire including Sure on This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson’s Choose Something Like a Star, and When You Wish Upon a Star, from Walt Disney’s 1940 film, Pinocchio. The choir will also perform I Dream a World by André J. Thomas, one of the pieces Melodia recorded as a virtual choir video during the darkest COVID days.  
Rounding out the concert is an instrumental interlude featuring Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune, performed by Melodia collaborative pianist Taisiya Pushkar and flutist Francesca Ferrara.
“Sun, Moon, and Stars’’ will be presented live on November 21, 4:00 PM, at Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Information:

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors in advance, while tickets at the door are $25:
A concert will also be broadcast via Youtube on December 18 at 7 PM Eastern for those who cannot attend in person (FREE) – Register here:
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