Melinda Bargreen Composed new WORK for ARS 40th Gala

For our upcoming 40th Anniversary & Gala celebration, ARS commissioned a new piece from noted Seattle-based composer Melinda Bargreen, who will attend the Gala. Entitled “For All the Beauty,” the song’s beautiful harmonies tug at the heart with lyrics that capture “why we sing,” according to piano educator and ARS board president and singer (bass) Craig Sale, “and the power of music to accompany us as a community through good times and bad.” As Bargreen’s words remind listeners, “We give our thanks without end/For each loved one and each friend.”

In her words:

”A choral commission for an important anniversary is a cherished opportunity. When asked to write a piece for the Arizona Repertory Singers’ 40th anniversary season, I thought about all the great music that these singers have brought to the world during all those years: songs old and new, sacred and secular, all of them meaningful and performed with purpose. How thankful we all must be for so much beauty, in good times and also in times of challenge.

What makes choral singing so special is the uniting of words and music, and it was a joy and an honor to provide a new text and new sounds that speak to the Arizona Repertory Singers’ mission of creating a beautiful experience for so many listeners.”

About Melinda

Melinda Bargreen composer

Melinda Bargreen is a Seattle-based writer and composer whose award-winning choral works have been featured in performances from China to Belgium, as well as on recordings and on PBS television. She is the author of two books about music, Classical Seattle (University of Washington Press, 2015) and 50 Years of Seattle Opera (Marquand Press, 2014).

She was classical music critic of The Seattle Times from 1977 to 2008 (now freelancing). Melinda has written reviews and articles for several national and international publications, including the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, MusicWeb International, The American Record Guide, Symphony Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR’s “Performance Today” series. 

Melinda holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine.