Alice Parker (b. 1925), is a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher of choral music who lives in a small village in the Western mountains of Massachusetts. In a career that spans some seventy years Alice found early prominence as Robert Shaw’s protégé and then turned to choral composition, typically with strong collaborators, such as Archibald McLeish and Eudora Welty, or subjects whose strength lies in their emotional intensity or commitment to social justice, such as Emily Dickinson or Martin Luther King. Alice’s musical reach is extensive and inclusive, from songs for children and church hymns to the cathedral and concert hall. In “Alice,” the documentary film, Alice Parker collaborates with Eduardo Montes-Bradley in a series of intimate conversations that illuminate her artistic achievements.
“Alice” was produced by Heritage Film Project in association with Melodious Accord. HD | 30 mins. English. Producer Soledad LIENDO Directed by Eduardo MONTES-BRADLEY.
Renown and recognized within the contemporary classical choral music community Alice Parker stands tall as a modern pioneer in expanding the audience for choral music in all its “high” and “low” forms, an achievement especially significant in a time before the now-ubiquitous recording and distribution technologies. Among her contemporaries, Alice Parker is distinctive for her convictions about the fundamental value of singing in the life of every individual and of the capacity of choral singing to create social bonds that touch on the spiritual and afford intimations of the divine.