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GMChorale Media Contact: Sarah Hager Johnston
Media Inquiries: gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
General Inquiries: info@gmchorale.org
Media Phone: 860-676-2228
Website: www.gmchorale.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmchorale @gmchorale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmchorale/
Mailing Address: GMChorale, P.O. Box 527, Middletown, CT 06457
 

For the Love of Music: The GMChorale hosts a Summer Gala June 10 at the Wadsworth Mansion
 

The public is invited to join members and friends of the GMChorale to celebrate the 20th season of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio
 
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. (May 22, 2018) — The members of the GMChorale invite friends and music lovers to join them for a festive gala event on Sunday, June 10, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown.
 
With 80 singers from 34 Connecticut towns, the GMChorale is known for its compelling performances of choral masterworks and the commissioning of new music from emerging and established composers. The GMChorale just completed its 41st season with an electrifying performance of Jepthe, a ground-breaking but seldom-performed oratorio by the early Baroque composer Giacomo Carissimi.
 
At the June 10 gala, the GMChorale will celebrate the season just ended, announce programs for the upcoming season, and thank and honor Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, who has led the artistic programs for twenty years.
 
“As the GMChorale begins its fifth decade as one of the region’s cultural cornerstones, and as Maestro D’Eugenio begins his third decade as Artistic Director, the GMChorale is expanding its mission and influence by bringing excellent performances of great choral music to communities across the state," said Joyce Kirkpatrick, a charter member of the GMChorale and head of its development and fundraising programs. "We were delighted that at our most recent concert, about a third of our audience consisted of first-time attendees, confirming our belief that there is a growing audience for choral music. This gala event will help us end the season on a high note and start the next season in good health, so that we can continue to connect with more people in our community to share the power and beauty of human voices joined in song."
 
Attendees will enjoy music and conversation at the Wadsworth Mansion, a beautifully restored grand property nestled into the gently rolling hills of Middletown. During the event, guests may partake of fine food, an open bar for beer, wine and soft drinks, and a cash bar for mixed drinks.
 
A variety of tempting gifts and experiences will be on auction, including a week at a Maine vacation spot; a special weekend in Stockbridge, Mass., including tickets to Tanglewood; framed artwork from Ursel's Web; tickets to Long Wharf Theater, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival, the Yard Goats, and an array of museums and cultural centers; and an abundance of gift baskets.
 
Tickets for the GMChorale’s Summer Gala are just $75 each; reservations are required by May 26, 2018. Order online at www.gmchorale.org or write to info@gmchorale.org.
 
EVENT DETAILS:
 
What: The GMChorale’s Summer Gala
When: Sunday, June 10, 2018, 4pm-7pm.
Where: The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, CT
Accessible: Yes
Tickets: $75 per person; reservations are required by May 26, 2018.
More Info: www.gmchorale.org
 
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About the GMChorale – Established as the Greater Middletown Chorale, the GMChorale has become one of New England’s finest and most engaging choruses since its founding in 1977. As it completes its 41st season, the GMChorale is celebrated for its innovative symphonic choral presentations, and often performs with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and other professional ensembles. Under the inspired leadership of Joseph D’Eugenio, now in his twentieth season as the ensemble’s Artistic Director, the 80-voice Chorale performs a wide range of choral repertoire, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces. GMChorale crowned its two European concert tours as the only choir providing music for the Sunday noon mass at Venice’s extraordinary Basilica San Marco. Alchemy, the GMChorale’s new semi-professional vocal chamber ensemble, established and directed by Joseph D’Eugenio, has already seen great success with concerts of early to contemporary music, both a cappella and accompanied, in a variety of settings. Under Maestro D’Eugenio’s leadership, the GMChorale has commissioned and premiered new choral works by leading composers including Gwyneth Walker, Eugenie Rocherolle, Peter Niedmann, Colin Britt, Ellen Gilson Voth, Lee McQuillan, and Henry Mollicone. In 2011, the GMChorale commissioned Connecticut Grammy nominee and composer, Sarah Meneely-Kyder, to create Letter from Italy, 1944 with the libretto by her sister, poet Nancy Meneely. In 2013, the GMChorale premiered the new oratorio in Middletown, Connecticut. The Chorale commissioned Karyl Evans to create a documentary of the oratorio’s historic background and creative process that was narrated by Meryl Streep. The stunning result, Letter from Italy, 1944: a New American Oratorio, earned an Emmy for its director in 2016. In May 2017, the GMChorale collaborated with The Hartford Chorale to perform Letter from Italy, 1944 with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. Joseph D’Eugenio directed the semi-staged production, its professional soloists, the 200 singers of the combined Chorales, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in a memorable performance.
 
About the GMChorale’s Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio – Joseph D’Eugenio is currently in his 20th year as GMChorale’s Artistic Director. Under his baton, the GMChorale celebrated its 40th anniversary season in 2016-2017 with concerts featuring Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford premiere of Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s oratorio Letter from Italy, 1944 with the Hartford Chorale and Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the premiere season of Alchemy, the new semi-professional vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale. For more than two decades as conductor and clinician, D’Eugenio has led choruses and orchestras in preparation and performances of the great choral masterworks with orchestra. In 2009, D’Eugenio was named Conductor of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. As guest conductor, D’Eugenio has led many workshops and festivals, including the CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) Summer Festival in 2015. D’Eugenio has instructed choral groups at various schools, colleges, and universities, including Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.  An accomplished pianist and organist, he has been Director of Music at First Congregational Church, Cheshire, Connecticut since 2003, where he oversees the church’s music program.  An accompanist of the first rank and in demand by concert artists, D’Eugenio frequently accompanies song recitals and professional choral organizations, including CONCORA and VOCE. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from The Hartt School and the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut, he maintains a busy private piano studio.

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.
 
GMCHORALE CONTACTS
 
GMChorale Media Contact: Sarah Hager Johnston
Media Inquiries: gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
General Inquiries: info@gmchorale.org
Media Phone: 860-676-2228
Website: www.gmchorale.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmchorale @gmchorale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmchorale/
Mailing Address: GMChorale, P.O. Box 527, Middletown, CT 06457

 
The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill, Middletown, CT
The GMChorale in concert.
The GMChorale's Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio, celebrating his twentieth season with the GMChorale.
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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