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The GMChorale's "Resounding Voices" season concludes on Sunday, April 29 at 4PM with a concert of beautiful, inspiring choral music.

A pre-concert talk by Dr. Neely Bruce, professor of music at Wesleyan University, will begin at 3:15PM.

The concert takes place at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT. Tickets are on sale now at www.gmchorale.org and will also be available at the door.

 
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Hear the GMChorale sing Carissimi's beautiful cantata Jephte, praised for its "Sweetness of melody, artful modulation, and original harmony"
Since it was first published in 1879, the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians has been the authoritative encyclopedia of classical music. Here's what the 1904 edition (pictured here) said about Giacomo Carissimi and his oratorio Jephte, the featured work on the GMChorale's April 29 concert:

"Carissimi has the reputation of having done more than any other Italian of his epoch towards the perfection of recitative. ... He was moreover, although not the actual inventor of the sacred cantata, at least its parent by adoption and development, and at his hands it received that elevation of form and accession of beauty which enabled it to supplant the madrigal, and give to sacred music those elements of pathos and dramatic force for which the rise of the opera had created a general appetite. ... He had less learning and more imagination and playfulness than his predecessors... But if his harmonies were less elaborate than theirs, his melodies were freer and more graceful, and his effects more dramatic. There was something essentially modern in his music, and he was the precursor and teacher of a large group of polished and pleasant artists. ... Chief among [his oratorios] ranks Jephte, of which [it has been] said that 'for sweetness of melody, artful modulation, and original harmony, it is justly esteemed one of the finest efforts of musical skill and genius that the world knows of.' Handel thought it worth while to borrow his chorus in Samson ('Hear Jacob's God') from a famous movement in the Jephte called 'Plorate filiae Israel.' "

 

Join the GMChorale on April 29 to hear "one of the finest efforts of musical skill and genius that the world knows of" including the heartbreakingly-beautiful final chorus, "Plorate filiae Israel."

Reserve Tickets Now for "Jephte"

Jephte


Sunday, April 29, 2018
4:00PM

A pre-concert talk by Dr. Neely Bruce begins at 3:15PM


MHS Performing Arts Center

200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT
 

Continuing a long tradition of performing choral masterworks for the greater Middletown community, the GMChorale, led by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, will present Jephte, the exquisite but rarely-heard oratorio by early Baroque composer Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674), on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 4:00PM, at the MHS Performing Arts Center in Middletown.

The program will also include a selection of favorite Renaissance madrigals and the sparkling Te Deum by Franz Joseph Haydn. The Middletown High School Advanced choir, under the direction of Stephanie Zak, will join the 80 singers of the GMChorale in singing the madrigals and the Haydn.
 
The oratorio Jephte is based on the story of Jephte and his daughter, as told in the Biblical book of Judges. Jephte, as he goes off to war, rashly promises God that should he be victorious in battle, he will sacrifice the first living thing he sees upon his return home. As his daughter greets him with song and dance to celebrate his victory, the oratorio unfolds with music of rejoicing, despair, grief, and, ultimately, reconciliation.
 
The role of Jephte will be sung by tenor Terrence B. Fay, and soprano Kristine Pekar will sing the role of Jephte’s daughter.  
A pre-concert talk by Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, will begin at 3:15pm for ticket-holders. Dr. Bruce will talk about Carissimi’s Jepthe and its place in music history, and will offer comments about the madrigals and Haydn’s Te DeumFollowing the concert, members of the audience will be invited to get a closer look at the instruments and talk with the players.
EVENT DETAILS

What: Choral concert by the GMChorale, vocal soloists, and professional orchestra, led by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio.
Program: Jepthe by Giacomo Carissimi (about 30 minutes), Te Deum by Franz Joseph Haydn (about 10 minutes), and a selection of Renaissance madrigals (about 15 minutes).
When: Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00PM. The pre-concert talk by Dr. Neely Bruce begins at 3:15PM.
Where: MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 La Rosa Lane, Middletown, CT. Click on the picture MHS or the map to open Google Maps for this location.
Accessible: Yes
Tickets: $15-$35. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
Reserve Tickets at:
www.gmchorale.org. Click HERE for a direct link to the online ticket store. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the concert.
Reserve Tickets Now to hear "Jephte"
Join the fun and support the GMChorale's bright future!
Enjoy fine food and drink, enjoy a little music, schmooze with the GMChorale's Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio, chat with the singers, take a chance on an auction, and relax in the breathtaking beauty of the Wadsworth Mansion, exquisitely restored and nestled in one of the most scenic spots in Connecticut.
Sunday, June 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM
Wadsworth Mansion, Middletown, CT
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