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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Greater Middletown Chorale
RESCHEDULED Community Conversation: Screening of Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Narrated by Meryl Streep
The 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” will be screened at the Russell Library in Middletown on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. The screening, free and open to the public, will be followed by a Conversation with the filmmaker, Karyl Evans.
The documentary follows the creation and production of the moving and powerful oratorio, 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 10th Mountain Division, who returned from war suffering from what we now call PTSD.
In the words of Karyl Evans, “It is such an important story to tell - a war veteran coming back with post traumatic stress disorder, how his relationship with his family is changed forever and then his daughters creating a work of art 50 years later that not only healed their hearts, but the hearts of everyone involved...”
This event is the first in 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.
For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org or www.hartfordchorale.org.
Venue: Russell Library
Sunday, February 12, 2017
CONCORA: Connecticut Choral Artists
Art and Music
A program of choral music inspired by, and performed in, the galleries of the Wadsworth Museum of Art in Hartford.
To celebrate the recent beautiful renovation of the Wadsworth Atheneum, CONCORA will present a program at the museum whose repertoire is inspired by the artwork itself. Small ensembles will sing in the various galleries, with music related to the artworks in each room, such a choral music of Claude Debussy alongside Impressionist paintings, colonial songs by William Billings near art by 18th century American artists, and much more. The concert features the premiere of a commissioned choral work by Connecticut composer Ellen Gilson Voth, inspired by paintings of the Hudson River School, including Connecticut-born artist Frederic Church. The event concludes with a concert by the full choir in the stunning Morgan Great Hall.
Venue: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4:00 PM
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Tickets: Tickets $10-$50 (early bird prices)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-music-tickets-28625360223 or contact the CONCORA office
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-293-0567