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Media Inquiries: gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
Media Phone: 860-676-2228
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The GMChorale's Alchemy Chamber Ensemble Performs October 13 in Cheshire
 
The 24-voice ensemble, now in its third season, joins with the Saecula Choir and the Chancel Choir of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire to present “Come to the Music”
 
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. (September 25, 2018) — Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, presents its first concert of the season on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 7:00 pm in Cheshire, CT. Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 24-voice ensemble will perform at the historic First Congregational Church on 11 Church Drive. No tickets are required; a free-will donation will be accepted.
 
Called “Come to the Music,” the hour-long program showcases the versatility of this ensemble in performances of accompanied and a capella choral music by Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Duruflé, Fauré, Siegfried, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Thompson, Vierne, Clausen, and others.
 
Joining Alchemy on this program are the Saecula Choir, directed by Tom Brand, and the Chancel Choir of the first Congregational Church, which is also under the direction of Joseph D’Eugenio.
 
Formed in 2016 as the first expression of the GMChorale’s new “Singing for a Lifetime” outreach initiative, Alchemy is a company of 24 musicians that includes music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. The ensemble performs an annual series of concerts across Connecticut, often collaborating with choirs from the communities in which it performs, especially with youth choirs, who have an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the seasoned musicians of Alchemy and their Artistic Director, Joseph D’Eugenio.
 
Alchemy has become known for its compelling performances and significant vocal artistry. Alchemy has been invited to perform at the 2018 annual convention of the American Choral Directors Association (Connecticut Chapter), where the ensemble will be the featured presenter at the President’s Concert. The ensemble was also invited to perform a series of concerts in Ithaca, New York in August, 2018, collaborating with a local music school to create a significant choral experience for young singers.
 
The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 80-voice GMChorale, which presents two main-stage concerts this season. On November 11, 2018, the GMChorale and Alchemy join the global celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centenary with a program of music by Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Randall Thompson. On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the GMChorale and Alchemy offer a rare performance of Anton Bruckner’s ethereal Mass No. 2 in E minor, widely acknowledged as among Bruckner’s best works. Both concerts will take place at the Middletown High School Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center; on each occasion, a pre-concert talk at 3:15pm precedes the 4:00pm concert. Tickets for these concerts are available at www.gmchorale.org.
 
Information about Alchemy’s 2018-2019 concert series is available at http://gmchorale.org/alchemy/.
 
EVENT DETAILS:
 
What: Choral concert with music by Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré, Schumann, and others.
Who: Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, with Allan Conway accompanying, led by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio.
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:00pm
Where: First Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive, Cheshire, CT. There is ample free, off-street parking in the church lot.
Accessible: Yes
Admission: No tickets are required; free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.
Family Friendly: Yes
More Info:  
http://gmchorale.org/alchemy/ or gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
 
 
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Interviews: For more information, or to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, please contact Sarah Hager Johnston, Director of Marketing and Communications at
gmcmedia@gmchorale.org or 860-676-2228.
 
About Alchemy —Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, was established in 2016 as a company of musicians comprising music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. Alchemy’s mission is to advance and support the GMChorale's vision of “Singing for a Lifetime” through concert tours, collaborations, musical leadership, education, and community engagement. Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the ensemble, known for its ability to adapt its sound to a broad variety of repertoire, took the name “Alchemy” in recognition of the ancient, mystical art of creating gold through a process of transformation and refinement. Already recognized for its vocal beauty, richness, and subtlety, this ensemble brings a touch of gold to concerts and collaborations of the highest musical quality. The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 80-voice GMChorale, which performs a wide range of choral music from several centuries, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces. In its annual state-wide concert series, Alchemy frequently collaborates with local ensembles and performers, especially youth choirs. The ensemble is often invited to perform across the region in collaborative projects and special concerts, and has been invited to give the President’s Concert Performance at the 2018 convention of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
 
About Alchemy’s Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio – Recognized as one of Southern New England’s most engaging musicians, Joseph D’Eugenio has been bringing music to life across the region for more than twenty-five years. As a conductor, artistic director, music director, educator, pianist, vocal and conducting coach, and organist, D’Eugenio combines imaginative programming, skilled conducting, and deeply-informed musical versatility to bring freshly-conceived, captivating performances of choral, chamber, keyboard, and orchestral music to audiences across the region. Known for his passion and dedication in preparing and presenting the great choral masterworks, for the past twenty years D’Eugenio has led several performances each season of major choral-orchestral works, most often with the GMChorale, where he has served as Artistic Director since 1998. Under D’Eugenio’s leadership, the GMChorale, an auditioned symphonic choir of 80 voices that performs a wide range of choral music from several centuries, has become known as one of New England’s finest choruses, celebrated for its innovative choral presentations, appealing programming, and engaging performances. In 2009, D’Eugenio was named Conductor of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He earned the Bachelor of Music (cum laude) in piano performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and the Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Connecticut.
 

 
Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale
Alchemy's Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio
The GMChorale is partially funded by generous grants from the following: the Community Foundation of Middlesex County; the Middletown Commission On The Arts; The Marjorie Jolidon Fund of the Greater Hartford Chapter, American Guild of Organists; and Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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