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April, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Greater Middletown Chorale

Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources

The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired "Letter from Italy, 1944," a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.
This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of "Letter from Italy, 1944," to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Venue: Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, CT

Tickets: FREE

Contact: marcia.bliven@gmchorale.org

Website: www.gmchorale.org

Sunday, April 2, 2017

CONCORA: Connecticut Choral Artists

Twilight Tango!

Twilight Tango! offers fine food, lively music, dancing, and plenty of fun at the newly-renovated Pond House, West Hartford.

Twilight Tango! – CONCORA’s signature fundraising event of the 2016-2017 season – will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Pond House Café at Elizabeth Park, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT. Guests will enjoy a multi-course buffet dinner and cash bar, and will be invited to bid on an appealing array of live and silent auction items, including trips, vacation home getaways, fine art, fine jewelry, theater and concert tickets, and much more. The evening will feature the music of InfiniTango, Greater Hartford's leading tango ensemble. The Men of CONCORA will make a special appearance with their own musical offering. All proceeds from Twilight Tango! will support CONCORA's artistic and educational programs.

Venue: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

The Pond House Café at Elizabeth Part, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT

Tickets: Tickets: $80-90. Reservations required; tickets on sale through March 28. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/twilight-tango-tickets-32101626830

Contact: For more information, contact CONCORA at 860-293-0567 or contact@concora.org.

Website: www.concora.org

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Connecticut Master Chorale

"Misa a Buenos Aires" (Misatango) by Martín Palmeri; "The Gift of Life" by John Rutter

Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor

"Misa A Buenos Aires" combines the rhythm and melodic design of tango with the ancient beauty of the Latin choral mass.

John Rutter’s long-awaited new major work, "The Gift of Life" is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth, of creation, and of life itself, offering a kaleidoscope of moods from contemplative and prayerful to majestic and inspirational.

Accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and joined by Mezzo-soprano soloist Wendy Gerbier.

Venue: 3:00
First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810

Tickets: $25 ($20 if purchased in advance)

Contact: Ticket office - 203-743-0473

Website: www.cmchorale.org

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Greater Middletown Chorale

Community Conversation: A Three Lecture Series, “Transforming the Silence,” At President’s College, University of Hartford

TThe final lecture in this series, “Looking at PTSD,” will be presented by Dr. Jason DeViva, Clinical Psychologist with VA Connecticut Healthcare’s PTSD and Anxiety Disorders Program

Three informative lectures are part of a series of eight Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of "Letter from Italy, 1944," to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on May 4, 2017 (visit www.bushnell.org for tickets). Commissioned by GMChorale and composed and written by Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, the oratorio is based on the true story of their father, Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned from war suffering from what we now call PTSD.

The first lecture will feature the screening of the 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” which follows the creation and production of the moving and powerful oratorio, on Thursday, March 23. The screening will be followed by Conversation with Director and Filmmaker, Karyl Evans.

The second lecture will be a reading of the poetry that was set to music for the oratorio. Poet and librettist Nancy Meneely will present her poetry with slide projections and music on Thursday, March 30. Sarah Meneely-Kyder, "Letter from Italy" composer, joins her sister for Conversation with the audience.

The final lecture in this series, “Looking at PTSD,” will be presented by Dr. Jason DeViva, Clinical Psychologist with VA Connecticut Healthcare’s PTSD and Anxiety Disorders Program and Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, on Thursday, April 6.

All the lectures will take place at KF Room, Mortensen Library, University of Hartford, on Thursdays, March 23 & 30 and April 6, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This series is open to the public; the cost for the series is $80 for the general public and $65 for Fellows. Register at http://library.hartford.edu/presidentscollege/

For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Venue: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
University of Hartford, Mortensen Library
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT

Tickets: $80 General Public, $65 Fellows
Register at http://library.hartford.edu/presidentscollege/

Contact: Marcia Bliven
marcia.bliven@gmchorale.org

Website: www.gmchorale.org

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ridgefield Chorale

Top of Our 40

Ridgefield Chorale's 40th anniversary concert

Our spring concert will be “Top of Our 40", on April 8, 2017 at Ridgefield High School at 7 pm. We will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Chorale with some of our members’ favorite pieces from past concerts: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Hallelujah, Oh Happy Day, Medleys from Les Miserables and West Side Story, and much more!

Venue: Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT

Tickets: Buy tickets ONLINE or at Ridgefield Music (19 Governor Street, Ridgefield) or from any Chorale member. See ridgefieldchorale.org

Website: www.ridgefieldchorale.org

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Vernon Chorale

Sing Me To Heaven

Led by Artistic Director, Ehren Brown, The Vernon Chorale continues its reputation for presenting high-quality choral concerts covering a broad range of chorale music in their annual spring concert, "Sing Me to Heaven." Both contemporary and classic composers list the concert's array of works slated for concert goers' pleasure. Don't miss works by Morten Lauridsen, Moses Hogan, Arvo Part, and Brahms, to name a few sure to inspire.

Venue: 7:30 p.m.
South United Methodist Church
1226 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040

Tickets: Suggested Donations: Adults - $15 Students and Seniors -$10
Tickets available at the door.

Contact: Visit www.vernonchorale.org, facebook or call (860) 375-0545 for more information.

Website: www.vernonchorale.org

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Greater Middletown Chorale

“Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” featuring Lyme-resident and Grammy-nominated composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder

Lyme resident, Sarah Meneely-Kyder, a Grammy-nominated composer, will present a screening of “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” a one-hour documentary created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Karyl Evans and narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, on Tuesday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. Following the screening, Ms. Meneely-Kyder will answer questions.

Ms. Meneely-Kyder, together with her sister Nancy Meneely, a noted poet, and in collaboration with Joseph D'Eugenio, artistic director of the Greater Middletown Chorale, wrote “Letter From Italy, 1944,” a compelling two-hour American musical drama based on their father’s wartime experiences, which he shared through his letters home to his family. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the creation and staging of this original oratorio about Dr. John Meneely, who served as a World War II regimental surgeon with the elite 10th Mountain Division. During his wartime service, he was called upon to witness and provide aid in many difficult and painful situations.

While “Letter from Italy, 1944” focuses on the life of the Yale-trained doctor during and following World War II, the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder story that it details still resonates today.
The Hartford Premiere of "Letter from Italy, 1944," will be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets.For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

This program is sponsored by Exencial Wealth Advisors of Old Lyme, CT, and will be held in the Community Room of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme, CT, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 12:30 - 2:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. To ensure that sufficient seating and food are available, reservations may be made by calling 860.434.5999.

Venue: 12:30 p.m., Old Lyme-Phoebe Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme, CT

Tickets: FREE; reservations required by calling 860-434-5999

Contact: marcia.bliven@gmchorale.org

Website: www.gmchorale.org

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Farmington Valley Chorale

Mendelssohn's Elijah

Farmington Valley Chorale

The Farmington Valley Chorale, Ellen Gilson Voth, Artistic Director, presents Mendelssohn's dramatic oratorio, Elijah. With professional orchestra and featured artists Woodrow Bynum, Sarah Asmar, Pamela Dellal, Mark Winer and Anna Gedicks. To purchase tickets, visit farmingtonvalleychorale.org or call 860-651-8177. This performance is supported in part by grants from Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Way Campaign and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Venue: Saturday, April 22nd at 7 pm
Granby Memorial High School
52 North Granby Road, Route 189
Granby, CT

Tickets: Donation: $20. Full-time students no charge.
To purchase tickets, visit farmingtonvalleychorale.org or call 860-651-8177. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Contact: secretary@farmingtonvalleychorale.org

Website: farmingtonvalleychorale.org

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Con Brio Choral Society

Con Brio Gala 20th Anniversary Concert

Spring Concert

Con Brio Choral Society, Con Brio Festival Orchestra, (Joan Winters, Concertmaster), with Susan Saltus, Organ, guest soloists Patricia Schuman, soprano, Clea Huston, mezzo soprano, Steven Humes, tenor and Matthew Cossack, bass, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce

Beethoven Mass in C, with guest soloists Patricia Schuman, soprano, Clea Huston, mezzo soprano, Steven Humes, tenor and Matthew Cossack, bass

Mascagni, Easter Hymn (Regina Coeli, Laetare), from Cavalleria Rusticana, with Patricia Schuman, soprano (Santuzza)

Handel Coronation Anthem No. 1: Zadok the Priest (for double chorus)

Brahms Psalm 51, Op. 29, No. 3, Tröste mich wieder mit deiner Hülfe (for double chorus)

Mendelssohn Heilig ( for double chorus)

Lotti Crucifixus from Credo in F ( for double chorus)

Vivaldi Dixit Dominus RV 807 Final Chorus

Harberg/Arlen arr. Hayes Over the Rainbow

Heyman/Young arr. Azelton When I fall in love

Bach Organ Fugue in G minor BWV 578, in the style of Ward Swingle

Trad. arr. Hairston In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning, with Steven Humes, tenor

Bernstein Make our Garden Grow from Candide, with Patricia Schuman, soprano, (Cunegonde) and Steven Humes, tenor (Candide)

Venue: 4 pm Christ the King Church, Old Lyme CT

Tickets: Call 860 526 5399 or buy online at www.conbrio.org

Contact: Peter Amos 860 304 1399

Website: www.conbrio.org

Sunday, April 30, 2017

CONCORA: Connecticut Choral Artists

BACH Cantatas 29, 190, and 191

CONCORA and Bach ... a match made in heaven!

CONCORA has long been renowned for its masterful and moving performances of choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2017, the ensemble presents three glorious choral cantatas with a select choir of 18 professional vocalists, vocal soloists, and members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Wir Danken dir, Gott, BWV29; Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied, BWV190; and Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191.

Venue: Sunday April 30, 2017, 4:00 PM
Immanuel Congregational Church
10 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT

Tickets: Tickets $15-$75
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bach-cantatas-tickets-28625855705?aff=erellivmlt

Contact: contact@concora.org or 860-293-0567

Website: www.concora.org