Melodia Women's Choir features Rutter premiere in "Awakening the Spirit"
Let’s face it, although temperatures were relatively mild, it was a bleak
winter for many of us in the United States. But this spring, Melodia Women’s
Choir is focused on hope and renewal—and, of course, music. Melodia’s spring
2017 concert, "Awakening the Spirit," takes place on April 29 and 30 and will
feature the U.S. premiere performance of English composer John Rutter’s latest
work, Visions, for solo violin, choir and strings; Grace Williams’s
The Dancers; and Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns From the Rig Veda.
“To say that I’m excited about this music would be an understatement,” says
Cynthia Powell, Melodia’s founding conductor and artistic director. “To be able
to offer the U.S. premiere of a new work by John Rutter is a thrilling thing in
and of itself, but to bring to life the gorgeous choral suite The Dancers
by Grace Williams is the cherry on top of this luscious spring concert!
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