The Melismatics is an a cappella group that sings many genres of music, including pop, jazz, country, and rock. The name “Melismatics” comes from the Greek word melisma, meaning “song.” It is now used in singing to refer to the holding of one syllable over a number of notes.
The Lehigh University Melismatics (or Mels, for short), founded in 2001 has 17 undergraduate members from many regions of the globe. Recently the Mels competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, performing “Rabbit Heart” by Florence and the Machine and “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. The upcoming concert will be an ode to the graduating members of the group, as each senior has chosen a song to commemorate his or her career with Mels and will be featured in that song. Songs will include “I’ll Be Waiting” by Adele, “5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale, and “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hope, built in 1832, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is the second of five concerts in the series Music at St. Luke’s. With its resonant sound, St. Luke’s should be the perfect place to hear a performance by the stellar 2014 class of the Lehigh University Melismatics.
St. Luke’s Church is at 346 High Street, Hope, west of the flashing light in the center of Hope village. For concert information and ticket reservations, call 908-459-4340.
Tickets are available in advance at the St. Luke’s Parish House in Hope, Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at the door: $15 single; $20 for couples; $10 for youth 16 years and under.
For further information, check out the Melismatics: lehighmels.com and St. Luke’s Church: aboutstlukes.com