Coming up this Sunday afternoon,
May 5, at 4:00pm in Middletown!
The GMChorale, now in its fifth decade, with 90 dedicated singers from 40 Connecticut communities, has developed a reputation for taking a chance on lesser-known choral music and presenting it with artistry, skill, and verve to music lovers across southern New England.
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the ensemble will present a program of choral music by Anton Bruckner, featuring the “unexpectedly ethereal and luminous” Mass in E Minor for voices and wind orchestra.

This Mass is rarely performed in the United States, and this performance by the GMChorale in Middletown is the first we know of in the region. This ethereal music deserves to be heard and appreciated.

Please join us on May 5 at 4:00pm in Middletown to hear the GMChorale, Alchemy, an orchestra of wind instruments, and organ, all led by Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio, for what is sure to be a memorable musical experience.
May 5, 2019

Pre-concert talk 3:15pm
with Neely Bruce

Doors open at 3:00pm

Middletown High School

Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center
200 La Rosa Lane
Middletown, CT

Tickets on sale now:
$8-$35 in advance
$10-$40 at the door
Click HERE for tickets

Scroll down for more ticket information.
Meet Lindsay Cabaniss

On Sunday, Lindsay will sing Bruckner's solo setting of Ave Maria, accompanied on the organ by Edward Clark.

Lindsay Cabaniss, mezzo-soprano, debuted as soloist with the GMChorale in 2017 under the baton of Joseph D’Eugenio, as Dorothea in the new oratorio, Letter from Italy, 1944, when it premiered at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford. Lindsay has sung with many summer intensives including Respiro Opera, NYC; Utah Vocal Arts Academy, as a Principle Artist preparing the role of Charlotte from Werther; Bethesda Summer Music Festival, performing Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; and with Manhattan Opera Studio as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Previously, she sang with the College Light Opera Company as The Witch in Into the Woods, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables, Mabel in The Pajama Game and Mrs. Jones in How to Succeed in Business. During undergraduate studies at the Hartt School of Music, Lindsay sang Public Opinion in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld; Baba in Menotti’s The Medium; Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Dinah in scenes from Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. In the fall of 2019, Lindsay will cover Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Madison Lyric Stage. Lindsay received her Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music in 2016, under the tutelage of Joanna Levy.
Interested in learning more?
If you missed the last issue of this newsletter, click HERE to read what inspired Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio to choose this music; listen to a recording of Bruckner's Mass in E Minor; and get a sneak peek at the repertoire list for this concert. 

We've just posted the program notes for this concert on the GMChorale website; click HERE to open the PDF with the program notes, texts, and translations. Enjoy!

On May 5, a pre-concert talk by Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and
Music Ambassador for the City of Middletown in 2019, will begin at 3:15pm for ticket-holders. The doors will open at 3:00pm, and tickets may be purchased at that time.

Later this week, we'll send out another issue of this newsletter with specific information on directions and parking, and other helpful information, as well as some fun bits and pieces that didn't make it in to the program book.
About Our “Bruckner Angel”

In the image at right, a youthful angel blows a blast on an elegant trumpet. This is one of many statues of angelic musicians that grace the sanctuary of the Sankt Florian monastery in Upper Austria, where Bruckner was enrolled as a professional chorister and later served as chief organist before moving to Linz and, later, Vienna.

The photo inspired us to try to locate exactly where in that vastly ornate sanctuary this angel is perched. We found him, right down front under the
“Bruckner Organ,” as shown below.

The photo is by French photographer Paul Smit, who graciously gave the GMChorale permission to use this photo in the promotional materials for this concert.

The GMChorale's Own Angel
In Memoriam John D. Coghill

When the GMChorale sings on Sunday, May 5, the performance will be dedicated to the loving memory of John Coghill, who sang in the Chorale's tenor section for many years, and who also served the organization in many capacities, including as the ensemble's administrator, as a member of the Board of Directors, and in many other volunteer roles. We miss John sorely, as do hundreds and thousands of people across the Greater Hartford region whose lives he touched through his music, teaching, leadership, mentorship, 1000-watt smile, steady friendship, and true kindness. He was one in a million.
Ticket Information for May 5

Enjoy the best prices by ordering your tickets now. 
   Premium: $35 in advance, $40 at the door
   General admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
   Seniors: $22 in advance, $25 at the door
   Students: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Did you know? The GMChorale now offers premium tickets for the "best seats in the house." No, they're not down front in the first rows; instead, we've set aside the seats with the best view of the raised stage and, more importantly, the best blended sound. Take a look at the seating chart shown below. Premium tickets are a bargain; just $35 in advance, or $40 at the door. Accessible seating is available in every section.

Coming with a group of 8 or more? Purchase 8 or more tickets together and get the best bargain of all! Group rates are available for general admission, senior, and student tickets. Advance sales only; available at our online ticket store, or call 860-676-2228.

Not sure about ordering tickets online? Shopping online employs the same technology that you use when you use your credit card in the supermarket or hardware store. When you order tickets at our secure online store, your tickets will arrive via email as PDFs. You may print these and bring the paper copies to the concert, or you may use your mobile device to show the email that has your e-tickets.

Prefer to order by mail or phone? Easy! Click HERE to open a printable PDF order form from the GMChorale website; you may mail this to the GMChorale office with your payment. To order by phone, call our marketing office at 860-676-2228.

Orders received after May 1 will be held at the door.

Tickets will also be on sale at the door on May 5, beginning at 3:00pm. If you plan to attend the pre-concert talk at 3:15pm, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line.

Questions? Need assistance? Simply reply to this email, or write to, or call 860-676-2228.
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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