Vocal and Keyboard Music of 19th- and early 20th-Century America

Sunday, November 11, 2012

1887 Mason & Hamlin Liszt foot pump organ

Time:              4 pm

Tickets:          $20 general

$15 Students/Seniors

Tickets available at the door



Artis Wodehouse, antique American keyboards

Lorri McCann, soprano

George Spitzer baritone



Organ works by 19th-century American composers Chadwick, Foote and Ives

Chinese Songs by Charles Tomlinson Griffes

Vocal Selections by 19th-century American composer Amy Marcy Beach



MELODEON presents the first of three concerts during the 2012-13 season at Church of the Epiphany, York Avenue at East 74th St., NYC, on Sunday, November 11 at 4 p.m.  Keyboardist Artis Wodehouse will play rarely-heard selections on her completely restored 1887 Liszt foot-pump organ, in works by American composers George Chadwick, Arthur Foote and Charles Ives.  Vocal works on the program include Chinese songs by Charles Tomlinson Griffes sung by baritone George Spitzer, and selections by Amy Beach, a ground-breaking woman composer from 19th-century America sung by soprano Lorri McCann.

MELODEON performs music from 19th- and early 20th-century America using period antique instruments from keyboardist Artis Wodehouse’s collection.  Ms. Wodehouse, (cited by The New York Times as “savior of the old and neglected”) has collected and restored a group of largely forgotten and rarely heard antique keyboard instruments.  She formed MELODEON in 2011 to present unusual and rarely-performed 19th-century American music.  Baritone George Spitzer and soprano Lorri McCann are joining Wodehouse for the November concert.