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World premiere of talented New York composer Becca Schack by Melodia Women's Choir of NYC opens ears to the world
by Cynthia L. Cooper for Vocal Area Network
Posted November 14, 2007

Becca SchackBecca Schack is dressed in cargo pants and sitting on the edge of the stage with her eyes closed as Melodia Women's Choir of New York City rehearses In My End Is My Beginning. The newly-composed work by Schack will be performed in "Sweet Interlude," two concerts by Melodia that will be conducted by Cynthia Powell on November 17-18, 2007.

Commissioned by Melodia, Schack wrote the classically-styled composition based on text drawn from T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets. The music reflects on the reeling emotions that the 27-year-old and her close-knit family experienced during her mother's diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer two and a half years ago. A few beats after the final note, the Juilliard grad looks at the singers, mostly generational peers. "If you hear someone crying in the audience, that would be me," Schack said.

The passion emerges in an undertone, a contrast to Schack's more fizzy MTV persona. Even she admits that she doesn't fit your stereotypical image of a choral composer. "I'm probably the last thing people think about," she said.