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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Greater Middletown Chorale
GMChorale to Present Alchemy in Concert on March 11
The regions newest vocal chamber ensemble, Alchemy, continues its first full season of concerts across Connecticut on Sunday, March 11, at 4:00 PM.
GMChorale invites you to join them for a very special concert by Alchemy, with 24 voices comprised of both members of the Chorale and professional singers. The regions newest vocal chamber ensemble continues its first full season of concerts across Connecticut on Sunday, March 11, at 4:00 PM. Already recognized for its vocal beauty, subtleties and power, the ensemble’s unique sound adapts stylistically and interpretively to a broad variety of repertoire. The name “Alchemy” was taken in recognition of the ancient, mystical art of creating gold through transformation and refinement.
This season’s program, We Shall Begin to Shine, showcases Alchemy’s versatility and artistry with an engaging program of a cappella and accompanied choral music by Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Duruflé, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Mulholland, Thompson, and Clausen. Accomplished pianist Allan Conway will accompany the voices of the GMChorale Chamber Singers. Performed in two beautiful churches known for their appealing acoustics and commitment to music, this program will be an auditory feast. The voices of the GMChorale Chamber Singers will astound listeners with their musical precision and magnificent sound.
The first concert of their 2018 season will be on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange. There will be a free-will donation will be received at the door.
Alchemy is funded, in part, through a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Venue: 4:00 pm
Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, CT
Tickets: Free-will donation at door
Saturday, March 24, 2018
West Hartford Women's Chorale
Festival of Women's Voices
Five women's choruses singing works of Joan Szymko and others.
The West Hartford Women’s Chorale will host Another Octave, Glastonbury High School's Treble Choir, the Voce di Coeli from Hall High School, and the Simsbury High School Women's Chorale in a “Festival of Women’s Voices” on March 24th at Conard High School. The world renowned composer, Joan Szymko, will conduct all five choirs in musical pieces she has written.
Each choir will have the opportunity to work with Szymko in workshops during the afternoon. At 4 pm, Szymko will conduct all five choirs in a combined concert, open to the public. There is no actual admission charge but concertgoers are asked to make a donation toward the Aurora Foundation, an organization formed to serve as a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls in the Greater Hartford area.
Szymko, who comes from the Pacific Northwest, has a catalog of over 100 published choral works. Her music is performed by ensembles throughout North America, and abroad. In describing her music, Szymko says her goal is to “compose music that invites the audience in, while challenging the notion that accessibility and musical integrity are incompatible concepts.” She says she is “drawn to texts that invoke divine grace, speak to the universal yearning for good, and that nurture a compassionate heart.”
This will be the fifth “Festival of Women’s Voices” hosted by the West Hartford Women’s Chorale, a group formed 14 years ago to enrich the local community’s cultural life. A non-audition group, it has provided young artists performance opportunities, as well as raising funds for charitable organizations.
Venue: Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Rd.,West Hartford, CT 06107
Tickets: Free will donation benefits the Aurora Foundation, an organization formed to serve as a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls in the Greater Hartford area.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
CONCORA: Connecticut Choral Artists
Bach Saint Matthew Passion
CONCORA has long been renowned for its masterful and moving performances of choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2018, the ensemble presents the monumental Saint Matthew Passion, one of two surviving settings by Bach of the Easter Passion story. During his lifetime, Bach conducted the Saint Matthew Passion in Holy Week services several times, and it was presented by his Leipzig successor a few more times. But it was only with Mendelssohn’s revival of the work in 1829 that this music burst into the larger world, and it has remained a foundational masterpiece ever since.
Calling for three choirs, soloists, and orchestra, the Saint Matthew Passion offers some of Bach’s grandest music, while exploring in the most intimate terms the very nature of faith and redemption.
The Worcester Telegram called CONCORA’s 2017 presentation of Bach cantatas “Stunning... intoxicating... enthralling... beguiling... soaring.” Reserve your seats soon for this special event.
Venue: Immanuel Congregational Church
10 Woodland Street
Tickets: Tickets $15-$65