FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2021
NEW RELEASE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT CHORAL COMPOSER ALICE PARKER
Hawley, MA – Melodious Accord, Inc. and Heritage Film Project announce a new release of ALICE: At Home with Alice Parker, a 30-minute documentary directed and filmed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley of Heritage Film Project. GPS Audiovisual in Buenos Aires will release the film on June 3, 2021, making it available to viewers across South America with Spanish subtitling.
Alice Parker (b. 1925) is a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher of choral music. In a career that spans some seventy years, Alice found early prominence as protégé of conductor Robert Shaw, with whom she collaborated as researcher and arranger of folk songs, hymns, and spirituals for the Robert Shaw Chorale. Her hundreds of original compositions include hymns, anthems, song cycles, choral suites and four operas. Renowned within the choral music community, she is widely sought after as a teacher and clinician. As Artistic Director of Melodious Accord since its founding in 1985, she has led performances and workshops, and held hundreds of her signature community SINGS.
In ALICE: At Home with Alice Parker, the composer collaborates with Eduardo Montes-Bradley in an intimate portrayal of her life that illuminates her artistic achievements and her passion for life. Alice Parker says, “It was a delight to work on this film with Eduardo. He captures well my life, my home, and the choral music that means so much to me.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film’s premiere took place in an online event hosted by Chorus America on October 8, 2020, with over 500 virtual attendees. The following week it was featured at the Virginia Film Festival; it is currently available for streaming through Films For Change and Kanopy.
View the film on Montes-Bradley’s website at https://www.montesbradley.com/aliceparker.
Melodious Accord, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by Alice Parker and a close group of friends who shared her passion for singing and song. Emphasizing melody as an unparalleled means of communication for human beings, it promotes the message that singing together brings immediate benefits--physical, mental and spiritual--to those who join in this most participatory of all the arts. Melodious Accord has carried out its mission over its 35-year history by presenting concerts and making recordings, providing opportunities for advanced study, and sponsoring Alice Parker activities.
Heritage Film Project, founded in 2008 by husband-and-wife team Eduardo Montes-Bradley (writer and director) and Soledad Liendo (producer), specializes in documenting the lives and works of the creative class—artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, scientists, and scholars. Our subjects typically work against the grain, and in their unconventionality Eduardo and Soledad find a special stimulus to their own creativity.
For Heritage Film Project
Name: Eduardo Montes-Bradley
Mobile Phone: (434) 422-0883
For Melodious Accord
Name: Beth Neville Evans
Mobile Phone: (646) 784-7924
Further information: www.montesbradley.com; www.melodiousaccord.org