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May, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Connecticut Chamber Choir

A Season of Poetry in Song

Sea Pictures: An Elgar Experience

CCC's 38th Season
A Season of Poetry and Song

Guest Artist: Donald Fraser, composer/arranger

American Premiere of Donald Fraser's stunning new arrangement of Elgar's Sea Pictures for chamber choir and strings.

Visiting Artist Donald Fraser will offer his insights in a pre-concert talk. Following the premiere, the audience will be included and enveloped in an experiential sing.

Stephen Paulus' The Day Is Done, on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, concludes the program.

*This concert season is supported in part by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Venue: Pre-concert talk 3:15 p.m.
Concert 4:00 p.m.
St. Theresa Church
5301 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611

Tickets: Adult: $20; Senior: $15; Student: $5 (Children under 12 - Free) Available at the door, from our website, or call 203-459-1496

Contact: Visit our website for more details


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Greater Middletown Chorale

Bernstein and Haydn Concert to be Presented by GMChorale on May 1

GMChorale invites you to join them on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 5 pm for their performance of two stirring masterpieces, Leonard Bernstein’s "Chichester Psalms" and Joseph Haydn’s "Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis)," at The Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, CT. Under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the Chorale will be accompanied by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

First performed in 1965, the contemporary "Chichester Psalms" features text from selected Psalms that are common to both Christian and Judaic tradition. With echoes of Broadway musicals in the melodies, the composer blended Biblical Hebrew text and Christian choral tradition.

Haydn’s "Nelson Mass," written in 1798, is perhaps his greatest single composition, evoking emotions ranging from solemnity to joy. Although it has been suggested that this work may reflect personal or national political stresses, it was written to celebrate the naming day of Princess Esterhazy, whose family employed the composer.

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) is an 80-member auditioned symphonic chorus committed to excellence in performing outstanding music for all generations of listeners, with 30 CT towns represented in their membership. The group is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Middletown Commission on the Arts. Visit for further information.

Venue: 5 pm, MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, CT

Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $15 student


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Litchfield County Choral Union

Litchfield County Choral Union

Rehearsals begin

Rehearsals will be every Tuesday from 7:30-10 pm.
Program will include selections from Gilbert and Sullivan.
Concert will be July 24, 2016 in the Music Shed on the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate.

For more information visit our website at

Venue: Rehearsal will be at the Battell Recital Hall on the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate at the intersection of Rt. 44 and Rt. 272

Tickets: TBA

Contact: Jeannine Broomhall -
Joe Veronesi -


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fairfield County Chorale

Dvorak Stabat Mater

Fairfield County Chorale's 2015-2016 Season Finale

On Saturday, May 14th, at 7:30pm, the Fairfield County Chorale concludes its 2015–2016 Season with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mozart's Ch'io mi scordi di te? ... Non temer, amato bene, and Dvorak's monumental Stabat Mater.

The Chorale will be joined by four rising stars in the opera world, Anna Dugan, Malena Dayen, Alok Kumar, and Adam Lau, and four pianists.

The Chorale is showing off their rosewood 1907 Model B Steinway, a model known by performers as “the perfect piano.” St. Petersburg native Ilya Yakushev, hailed as one of today’s best young pianists, will play the Beethoven with the orchestra and chorale.

The piano celebration continues with the chorale’s associate conductor Michael Sheetz and Maestro Rosenmeyer performing a surprise work with the chorale, and the noted accompanist and teacher Cristina Stanescu joining mezzo Malena Dayen and the orchestra for the Mozart.

Venue: Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Ave
Norwalk CT 06851

Tickets: Tickets are $30 pre-order, $35 at the door. Electronic tickets at, or call 203-254-1333.

Contact: Call 203-254-1333 or email


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Shoreline Community Chorale

The Shoreline Chorale presents ‘Nighttime Odyssey’

Under Music Director Sarah Kaufold and with guest artist Jessie Gutgsell on harp, the Chorale will perform a variety of music on its nocturnal theme.

The Shoreline Chorale’s concert, “Nighttime Odyssey” on May 14, will express experiences, emotions, creatures, and escapes of the night with a full concert program of choral and instrumental music. The concert includes renditions of 'Sure on This Shining Night' by Samuel Barber, the dramatic 'Night, Sleep, Death and the Stars' by Daniel Gawthrop, the comedic 'Animal Crackers' by Eric Whitacre, and spirituals of nighttime escapes to freedom.

Featured Guest Artist, harpist Jesse Gutgsell will perform Claude Debussey’s 'Claire de Lune' and Alphonse Hasselmans' 'La Source' and will accompany the Chorale in 'Night, Sleep, Death and the Stars' by Daniel Gawthrop and 'Come to Me, My Love' by Kenneth Riggs.

Ms. Gutgsell has been a professional harpist for over a decade. She began her harp studies in Cleveland, OH at the age of six.

As yet another crowd-pleasing attraction, the popular group, 'The Shoreliners,' will perform a rollicking version of 'In the Still of the Night and the Day' arranged by chorale member Charles Houlihan.

This concert marks the inaugural year under Music Director Sarah Kaufold, who also serves as Minister of Music at St. Mark’s Chapel in Storrs, CT.

Accompanist Joyce Baxter also serves as Music Director at the Clinton Congregational Church.

Since its founding in 1982 by the Shoreline Arts Alliance, The Shoreline Chorale has presented choral arts in a variety of genres for the enjoyment of concert attendees and singers alike.

The Shoreline Chorale will perform “Nighttime Odyssey” at 4pm on Saturday, May 14 at the First Congregational Church of Madison, on the Green.

Venue: First Congregational Church of Madison
26 Meeting House Lane
Madison, CT


Tickets: Suggested Donation $15-$20

Contact: 203-245-6947 or


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Greater Middletown Chorale

GMChorale Presents: Savory Serenades – A Musical Tasting

Please join us on Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m. for the dazzling 2016 fundraising Gala as we salute our favorite great composers!

Please join us on Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m. for the dazzling 2016 fundraising Gala as we salute our favorite great composers! Be the first to preview part of the Chorale’s recently released “Letter From Italy, 1944: World Premiere Performance” concert DVD. Enjoy the company of friends at the elegant and romantic Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, with pairings of music, cuisine, wine and merriment.

Make your reservation today at or by calling 860-316-4854. Gala admission is $100 per person.

Venue: 4:00 pm
Wadsworth Mansion
421 Wadsworth St., Middletown

Tickets: $100 per person
Visit or call 860-316-4854


Sunday, May 22, 2016

CONCORA: Connecticut Choral Artists

First Editions

CONCORA presents a concert affirming CONCORA’s continued commitment to new music, presenting works by composers commissioned by Artistic Director Chris Shepard over the years. Several works are set to poems from the Harlem Renaissance.

Composers include Gwyneth Walker, William Hawley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Michael Conley, Philip Jameson, Paul Moravec and Robert Convery.

Come be surprised and delighted!

William Hawley: O Magnum Mysterium & Two Motets
Robert Convery: The Heart of a Woman
Ricky Ian Gordon: Five by Langston (setting of works by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes)
Philip Jameson: Night Journey & Tango
Michael Conley: Recuerdo (Memory)
Gwyneth Walker: My Love Walks in Velvet & White Horses
Paul Moravec: Songs of Love and War

Venue: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4:00 PM
First Church of Christ Congregational
830 Corbin Avenue
New Britain

Tickets: $50 Preferred, $30 General, $25 Senior, $10 Student. Purchase online at, call the office at 860-293-0567, or purchase at the door.