Coming up soon on November 11! Don't miss the pre-concert talk by one of Connecticut's most engaging lecturers. Neely Bruce knows a LOT about American music, and loves to tell the stories behind the music.

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GMChorale's season-opening concert is just around the corner! Do you have your tickets?
November 11, 2018

Middletown High School
Pre-concert talk at 3:15pm by Neely Bruce

$8-$35 in advance
$10-$40 at the door

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Here's what's on the program for the November 11 concert: some old favorites and some music perhaps you've not yet had a chance to fall in love with:

By Aaron Copland:
Three American Choral Treasures
Zion’s Walls -- Sing Ye Praises to Our King -- At the River

By Randall Thompson:
Alleluia (performed by Alchemy)

By Leonard Bernstein:
“Touches” for solo piano performed by Allan Conway
"Gloria Tibi" from Mass 
"Something’s Coming / Tonight" and “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story
"Dream with Me Tonight" from Peter Pan, arr. Sarah Meneely-Kyder
"Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide

We have some terrific vocal soloists lined up for this concert, and the Chorale has never sounded better! Come and be thrilled, moved, touched, and inspired!
Back by popular demand!
When the GMChorale performed Carissimi's oratorio Jephte in April, more than 200 of you attended a wonderful pre-concert talk by Dr. Neely Bruce, the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and one of the most engaging music educators in the region. Many of you asked us to bring Dr. Bruce back this season, and we are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to offer a talk before each of the GMChorale's concerts, starting on Sunday, November 11, at 3:15pm prior to the 4:00pm concert. Plan to arrive early!  We recommend that you purchase tickets in advance and skip the lines at the box office!
Did you ever wonder if the performers have a chance to hear the pre-concert talks? Most of the time, there is not opportunity, as they are gathering and warming up backstage while the talk is in progress. So we invited Dr. Bruce to come to one of the GMChorale rehearsals to give a pre-pre-concert talk, as it were, and he said yes! A special pre-rehearsal gathering will take place October 30, when the singers of GMChorale and Alchemy will have a chance to hear the pre-concert talk, ask questions, and learn more about the music that they will sing for you on November 11. This is part of the GMChorale's "Singing for a Lifetime" initiative, by which we are creating more opportunities for more singing and learning for our singers and our community. Stay tuned as we continue to roll this out over the coming year.
The GMChorale's singers are eager to share this music with you!
GMChorale singer Christine Rogers (pictured here), who also volunteers as a grant writer to help make the music possible, has been busy inviting friends and family to come to hear the Chorale on November 11 with a series of very appealing letters. Here's her second missive and video recommendations, shared with her permission. Thank you, Christine!
Dear friends,
Here is a little more information about the music you will be hearing at the GMchorale concert on November 11. I’ve included some Youtube links so that you can familiarize yourself with the music, but, of course, the live music will be more beautiful than any recording! 
As I mentioned in my first message, we will feature the music of three American composers: Bernstein, Copland, and Randall Thompson.
Randall Thompson, noted mainly for his choral works, died in 1984. He taught at many institutions and in fact, taught Leonard Bernstein both at Harvard and at the Curtis Institute. In 1959 he published Frostiana - Seven Country Songs - settings of poems by Robert Frost. Here are two of my favorites.
The first is Come In, in which Frost deftly weaves between the world of nature and the world of human relationships. When I first read the poem, I imagined the speaker to be male - Frost speaking. But Thompson gives the piece a surprise twist in setting the poem for female voices - soprano and alto - thus giving women’s voices and thoughts validity and worth.
Come In
As I came to the edge of the woods,
Thrush music — hark!
Now if it was dusk outside,
Inside it was dark.
Too dark in the woods for a bird
By sleight of wing
To better its perch for the night,
Though it still could sing.
The last of the light of the sun
That had died in the west
Still lived for one song more
In a thrush's breast.
Far in the pillared dark
Thrush music went --
Almost like a call to come in
To the dark and lament.
But no, I was out for stars;
I would not come in.
I meant not even if asked;
And I hadn't been.
Another favorite is Choose Something Like a Star, in which Frost calls upon our better nature when times seem to be at their most turbulent.
Choose Something Like a Star

O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud-
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to the wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.
Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says, 'I burn.'
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use Language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.
It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end
And steadfast as Keats' Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,
So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.

Christine recommends...

"Come In"
from Frostiana by Randall Thompson.

Performed by the ASU Women's Chorus
"Choose Something Like a Star"
from Frostiana by Randall Thompson.

Performed by the New York Choral Society with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Auldon Clark, from the album "The Testament Of Freedom/Frostiana"
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A Great Honor for Alchemy and the GMChorale!

Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, was honored by being invited to give the prestigious President’s Concert at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association on Saturday, October 27, in Guilford, CT.

"The President's Concert is a time-honored tradition at CT-ACDA's annual Fall Conference,” said Rachael Allen, President of CT-ACDA and chair of the 2018 conference. “This special hour, amidst a day of choral workshops and interest sessions, features choirs who inspire—ensembles whose performances remind all of us why we do what we do as conductors. It is so important to take an hour out of this incredibly full day of singing and learning and talking to sit back and just listen. Excellent performances transcend genre or ensemble type; the purpose of the President's Concert is to inspire all who listen, regardless of their choral niche."


“Alchemy and the GMChorale are deeply gratified that Alchemy was selected for this honor, especially as Alchemy has been in existence for only a few years,” said D’Eugenio.


"Ensembles for the concert are chosen ultimately by the President, although this usually comes from input by the CT-ACDA board,” Allen added. Joe D'Eugenio has been a fixture in Connecticut choral music for many years, and the Greater Middletown Chorale has long held a reputation of excellence, so when word got out of a new chamber ensemble from those ranks, we had to jump on it! It is exciting to have the opportunity to showcase a new ensemble and to show that choral music in our state continues to evolve and grow."


“We are finding, or perhaps creating, a new niche for live performances of choral music, as we take our performances to new venues and engage with new audiences across the region,” added D’Eugenio. “It has been a very exciting beginning, and Alchemy is thrilled now to be recognized as an established and influential leader in Connecticut’s vibrant choral scene.”

Enjoy this video of Alchemy singing at the ACDA-CT Conference on October 28. This is "Prayer," a setting by Rene Clausen of words by Mother Teresa. Alchemy will perform with the GMChorale on Sunday, November 11. Details above.
Special Event!
A Festival of Carols

The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church and the GMChorale
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:00pm
First Congregational Church
111 Church Drive, Cheshire, CT
Warm up to the holiday season on December 15, 2018, with the 15th edition of A Festival of Carols, the much-loved annual presentation by the GMChorale, the vibrant Chancel Choir of Cheshire’s First Congregational Church, and singers from the Cheshire community, all directed and accompanied by Joseph D’Eugenio, Artistic Director of the GMChorale and Choir Director and Organist at First Congregational Church. Listen as the Christmas story unfolds in seasonal readings and choral anthems, and add your voice when all join to sing traditional Christmas carols. This memory-making festival is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
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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