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GMChorale Media Contact: Sarah Hager Johnston, Director, Marketing and Communications
Media Inquiries: gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
Media Phone: 860-676-2228
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Mailing Address: GMChorale, P.O. Box 527, Middletown, CT 06457
 

GMChorale Awarded Funding to Bring Choral Music to Communities across the Region
 
Grants from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and the Middletown Commission on the Arts support concerts and outreach programs in Middlesex County as well as in Cheshire, Old Saybrook, Guilford, Glastonbury, and Tolland
 
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. (September 26, 2018) — The GMChorale, now in its 42nd season, announces that it has received two grants to support concerts and outreach programs during the 2018-2019 season.
 
A grant of $3,000 from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County supports concerts in Middlesex County by Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale.
 
The funds from CFMC support Alchemy’s participation in the large-scale concerts of the 80-voice GMChorale, most recently the well-received performance of the rarely-heard Baroque oratorio Jephte in April (a concert in which the Middletown High School Concert Choir participated) as well as an upcoming program of American choral music to be given on November 11 at the Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School.
 
The CFMC grant also supports concerts in Old Saybrook (October 25) and Cromwell (March 3, 2019) by Alchemy, a smaller ensemble formed in 2016. Alchemy’s 24 members include music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. The ensemble gives an annual series of concerts across Connecticut, often collaborating with choirs from the communities in which it performs, especially with youth choirs. Alchemy’s outreach concerts are a core program in the GMChorale’s “Singing for a Lifetime” initiative, which offers opportunities for people of a range of ages and with various levels of experience to enjoy singing, listening, and learning about music together throughout their lives.
 
“This generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County enables the GMChorale and Alchemy to offer unique performance opportunities to young musicians across the region,” said Joseph D’Eugenio, Artistic Director of the GMChorale and Alchemy. “When Alchemy sings with a youth or church choir, the experience is inspiring for all of us, from the youngest child to the most experienced of our professional musicians,” said D’Eugenio.
 
When Alchemy performs in Old Saybrook on October 25, singers from the Old Saybrook High School choirs will rehearse and perform with the ensemble’s professional singers, the choir of the First Church of Christ of Old Saybrook, and the choir’s organist, providing a unique opportunity for enrichment and development for these young musicians. Earlier Alchemy collaborations have included the United Girls Choir (New Haven), the choirs of Middletown High School, and the Calvary Choir School Choristers (Stonington).
 
A grant of $4,650 from the Middletown Commission on the Arts provides general operating support for the GMChorale’s 2018-2019 season, as the ensemble continues to offer concerts of choral and orchestral music to the Greater Middletown region.
 
“The GMChorale is very grateful for steady support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts,” said Nancy Schultz, President of the GMChorale’s Board of Directors. “Producing a concert with more than a hundred musicians on stage is very costly, and ticket prices cover only about a third of the cost. A portion of this generous grant from MCA helps to bridge that gap so that we can keep ticket prices as low as possible.”
 
The grant from the MCA supports the GMChorale’s main-stage concerts in the 2018-2019 season. On Sunday, 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 by Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, precedes the 4:00pm concert. Full details are at www.gmchorale.org.

 
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Interviews: For more information, or to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, please contact Sarah Johnston at gmcmedia@gmchorale.org or 860-676-2228.
 
About the GMChorale – The GMChorale has become one of New England’s finest and most engaging choruses since its founding in 1977 as The Greater Middletown Chorale. Under the artistic leadership of Joseph D’Eugenio since 1998, 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 ensembles. The 80-voice Chorale performs a wide range of choral repertoire, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces. The 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. 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-nominated 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 to great acclaim 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. As the GMChorale enters its fifth decade, the organization is broadening its mission and the scope of its offerings to bring the power and beauty of choral music to people and communities across Connecticut. Beginning this season and going forward, many of the GMChorale’s programs are focused around “Singing for a Lifetime,” an idea that embraces everyone already involved with the Chorale, as well as those who are yet to be. The singers of the Chorale and the professional musicians who form the Alchemy chamber ensemble serve as ambassadors for our organization as we expand the Chorale’s overall mission by engaging singers and listeners of all ages and abilities through community workshops, collaborations, and concerts throughout Connecticut and beyond.
 
About the GMChorale’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 addition to performing the more familiar masterworks (including the requiems of Mozart, Duruflé, Brahms, and Fauré, masses of Haydn and Mozart, and oratorios by Handel and Mendelssohn), under D’Eugenio’s leadership the GMChorale frequently presents lesser-known music of high artistic merit, and has a long history of commissioning and performing new choral works.
 
D’Eugenio recently created a new initiative for the GMChorale—“Singing for a Lifetime”— through which the organization will sustain its long tradition of presenting concerts of choral masterworks while creating even more opportunities for life-long music-making in communities across the region, engaging more people from all backgrounds and of differing abilities, to share the joy of singing together. He is particularly committed to creating learning and performance opportunities for young musicians and emerging music professionals across the region.
 
In 2016, D’Eugenio established Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, whose 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. In establishing Alchemy, D’Eugenio looked beyond the traditional professional choir model, forming a company of musicians comprising music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. D’Eugenio directs Alchemy in an annual state-wide concert series, collaborating often with local ensembles and performers, especially youth choirs. The ensemble is often invited to perform across the region in collaborative projects and special concerts, including giving the President’s Concert Performance at the 2018 convention of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
 
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 Hartf
Members of the GMChorale in concert
The GMChorale'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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