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March, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Greater Middletown Chorale

Community Conversation: Lecture – “Mental Health, the Media, and the U.S. Veteran: Historical Perspectives on PTSD/Military"

In conjunction with the upcoming Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” Dr. John H. Warner will present a lecture on the history of PTSD in the military.

The story of 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, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio. Commissioned by GMChorale and created by his daughters, composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder and librettist Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, the oratorio was first performed in Middletown in 2013.

In conjunction with the upcoming Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” Dr. John H. Warner, Avalon Professor of the History of Medicine, Yale University, will present a lecture on the history of PTSD in the military. Since the earliest description of a group of symptoms termed “nostalgia” in soldiers in the 1600s, many names have been used to describe what we now call PTSD, e.g., battle shock, war strain, war neurosis, combat exhaustion, battle fatigue and shell shock. This lecture, free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, March 2, at the Newington Public Library at 7 p.m.

This event is the second in 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 May 4, 2017.

For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.

Venue: Newington Public Library
95 Cedar St.
Newington, CT

Tickets: FREE

Contact: marcia.bliven@gmchorale

Website: www.gmchorale.org

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fairfield County Chorale

The Fairfield County Chorale Presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem

David Rosenmeyer conducts the Fairfield County Chorale and the
New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on
Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm in Norwalk Concert Hall, Norwalk, CT
Experience the power of Verdi's operatic masterpiece in an exciting collaboration
between the Fairfield County Chorale's 100+ voices, four talented soloists and the New
Haven Symphony Orchestra (William Boughton, music director). The Messa da
Requiem is one of the most popular and frequently performed large chorale works.
“We are thrilled to be performing with such a magnificent symphony. The Requiem
explores the full range of human emotions through its poetic language and music.
Moments of great intimacy, tenderness, love and loss are paired with vigorous rhythms,
sublime melodies and striking musical gestures. Our special collaboration with the New
Haven Symphony enhances and deepens the complex intensity of this important work,”
said FCC music director David Rosenmeyer.
Soloists to be featured are soprano Amanda Hall, mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez, tenor
Alex Richardson, and baritone Nathan Stark.
The Fairfield County Chorale is now in its 54th season of presenting great choral works
in southwestern Connecticut. Its mission is to perform a broad range of choral music for
the benefit of the community, and to champion the appreciation of excellence in choral
literature. The Chorale is comprised of over 100 voices, and every concert features a
professional orchestra and soloists. The FCC has presented a number of local, U.S.,
and world premieres, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New
York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 123rd year, gave its first concert in
1895 and is the fourth oldest orchestra in the United States. Today, the Orchestra is
made up of over 70 professionals, most of whom live and work in the Greater New
Haven area. Maestro William Boughton currently directs the NHSO.

Venue: Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm.
Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Tickets: Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. $5 for students. Group rates are available on request.

Contact: For more information, please visit fairfieldcountychorale.org

Website: www.fairfieldcountychorale.org

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Greater Middletown Chorale

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 Little Theater of Manchester, Cheney Hall, in Manchester on Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m. The screening of the documentary, produced by filmmaker Karyl Evans, is free and open to the public.

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 fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned from war suffering from what we now call PTSD. The screening will be followed by a Conversation with the composer and the librettist.

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 third in 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: 3:00 p.m., Little Theater of Manchester, Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd., Manchester, CT

Tickets: FREE

Website: www.gmchorale.org

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hartford Gay Men's Chorus

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Website: www.hgmc.org

Sunday, March 19, 2017

CONCORA: Connecticut Choral Artists

Making the Old New

Last year's concert was sold out. Listen here: http://www.concora.org/making-the-old-new.html

CONCORA returns to Trinity College Chapel, where last year a sold-out audience thrilled to the acoustic miracles of Renaissance motets and masses sung by a small choral ensemble beneath the soaring arches of the Chapel’s Gothic cathedral-esque architecture. This year’s program offers more Renaissance motets and madrigals paired with newer music inspired by the originals. Motets and madrigals by Renaissance “top forty” composers such as Morley, Vecchi, and Tallis will contrast with and complement choral music by renowned contemporary composers William Hawley, Eric Whitacre, and Martin Sedek. The concert features Eleanor Daley’s haunting Requiem, perfectly suited to this remarkable space.

Venue: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4:00 PM
Trinity Chapel at Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT

Tickets: Tickets $10-$50 (early bird prices)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-the-old-new-tickets-28625704252

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

Website: www.concora.org

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Greater Middletown Chorale

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

The first lecture on March 23 will feature the screening of the 2016 Emmy Award-winning documentary narrated by Meryl Streep, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.”

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cappella Cantorum

Cappella Cantorum Choral Showcase

Broadway, classics and spirituals

Cappella Cantorum's Masterworks Chorus will perform a Choral Showcase Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m. at Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT 06417. Featured will be medleys from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables," spirituals, and classics such as "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" by Brahms, "He Watching Over Israel" and "Lift Thine Eyes" by Mendelssohn and "For the Beauty of the Earth" by Rutter. Barry Asch will direct the group accompanied by professional orchestra. This concert will mark the 48th year of Cappella Cantorum bringing beautiful music to the community. Tickets are $25 at the door, $28 on-line at www.CappellaCantorum.org. Students 18 and under are free. A reception will follow. Visit the web site or call 860-388-2871 for more information.

Venue: 3 p.m., Valley Regional High School,256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT 06417

Tickets: $25 at the door, $28 at www.CappellaCantorum.org

Contact: Barry Asch, 860-388-2871

Website: www.CappellaCantorum.org

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mendelssohn Choir of CT

Whitbourn - Annelies

The first major choral setting based on the Diary of Anne Frank. Sponsored by The Center for Catholic Studies and the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University. Arianna Zukerman, Soprano.

Venue: 3:00 PM
The Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT

Tickets: Call 877 ARTS 396

Website: www.mendelssohnchoir.com

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Greater Middletown Chorale

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

The second lecture on March 30 will be a reading of the poetry, by Poet and librettist Nancy Meneely, that was set to music for "Letter from Italy, 1944."

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

Website: www.gmchorale.org