Alice Parker (94), the distinguished composer, conductor, and pedagogue is approached by documentary filmmaker Montes-Bradley in her ancestral home in Hawley, MA. The documentary that emerges from the conversations that took place during the winter of 2020, was produced by Heritage Film Project in association with Melodious Accord. These conversations encompass a wide range of topics following in the footsteps of Ms. Parker's musical accomplishments. Most relevant to the film are her musical adaptation of the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Emily Dickinson, Eudora Welty, and Archibald MacLeish. The film is built seamlessly on the white background of the snowy mountains in Western Massachusetts and in New York City. “Alice” is expected to be completed in time for its premiere in the Fall of 2020. HD | 30 mins. English. Producer Soledad LIENDO Still Photography Enrique SHORE Directed by Eduardo MONTES-BRADLEY.
Well-known and well-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.