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Choral Classics Old and New
The GMChorale Announces its 2019-2020 Concert Season

The GMChorale, now in its 44th year, announces its 2019-2020 concert season, featuring two large-scale concerts by the 90-voice GMChorale and a more intimate four-concert series of “Soirées Musicales” by Alchemy, the Chorale’s 24-voice vocal chamber ensemble.
In every season, the GMChorale has a song for you.

 
Greeting from Joseph D'Eugenio
Artistic Director, GMChorale


When we gathered in May for an all-Bruckner concert, the unusual pairing of chorus and wind symphony made Bruckner’s music seem fresh, though most of it had been composed 150 years ago. Older music, yes, but newly-heard that day. As the GMChorale’s 2019-2020 season took shape, “newness” emerged as a theme, not only in newly-composed music, but in newly-considered approaches to established classics, and in lesser-known though beautiful music that deserves to be newly-heard. 
In November, the GMChorale will give the first Middletown performance of New Every Morning by Connecticut composer Peter Niedmann, commissioned in 2019 by the First Congregational Church in Cheshire. To frame this brand-new music, the Chorale will sing a selection of choral settings from the past half-century that evoke ancient traditions from Renaissance Italy to Appalachia and beyond.

When we think of Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Schubert, our minds turn to the past. Newness in centuries-old music? Impossible! Yet in these timeless works we can, indeed, find new inspiration. In April, the GMChorale will offer fresh interpretations of well-known masterworks for chorus and string orchestra. We will welcome the young voices of the Elm City Girls’ Choir and the Saecula Singers, along with some of the finest string players in the region, to join the Chorale as they bring new life to these beloved classics. 

Now in its third season, Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, will perform Soirées Musicales in several venues across the state. The concert recalls the elegance of musical gatherings in earlier days with chamber music that was meant to be enjoyed in intimate social settings; we hope you will be part of this special experience.

We are grateful for your presence in our audience, for your continued support, and for joining with us in the spirit of music, collaboration, and community.


Joseph D'Eugenio
Artistic Director
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, as part of its commitment to presenting new and lesser-known choral music of great quality, the 90-voice GMChorale will present the Middletown premiere of New Every Morning, a multi-movement newly-commissioned choral work by the highly-regarded Connecticut composer Peter Niedmann.

Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio: “Peter Niedmann’s setting of joyful texts by two great English churchmen-poets and from two favorite Psalms is a rich musical tapestry that is by turns comforting, celebratory, and uplifting. The music dances with pronounced rhythmic underpinnings and shifting meters, sublime harmonies and a cappella sections, and a virtuosic accompaniment that sparkles and enlivens the choral writing.”

The November 10 program also includes evocative choral music by John Rutter, David Conte, Dan Forrest, and James Mulholland, composers whose works are admired as contemporary classics. Alan Conway accompanies from the piano.
New Every Morning

Sunday
November 10, 2019
4:00PM


Pre-concert talk 3:15pm
Doors open at 3:00pm


Middletown High School

Santo Fragilio
Performing Arts Center

200 La Rosa Lane
Middletown, CT


Tickets on sale now:
$9-$40 in advance
$10-$45 at the door

Click HERE for tickets

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On Sunday, April 26, 2020, the GMChorale presents With Joy of Heart and Gladness, a program of classic music for voices and string orchestra, with fresh interpretations of choral masterworks, including performances of Bach’s cantata Christ lag in todesbanden (BWV 4) and motet “Lobet den Herrn” (BWV 230), Schubert’s Mass in G Major (D.167), and the exquisite “Laudate Dominum” from Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339). Maestro D’Eugenio will lead the orchestra, comprising some of the finest string players in the region, in the sprightly finale of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in D Major (HWV 323/V), the complete Divertimento in D Major (K.136/125a) of Mozart, and the poignant Intermezzo from Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana

The April 26 program will also include a rare performance of a lesser-known choral work by Mozart, the “Sancta Maria, mater Dei,” K.273.


Maestro D'Eugenio: “As the GMChorale has seen in recent years at our well-attended, highly-praised performances of Carissimi’s oratorio Jepthe and Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor, music-lovers in the region are eager to hear choral music that may have fallen a bit outside the mainstream but is nonetheless of the highest artistic merit. That certainly pertains to Mozart’s ‘Sancta Maria’ — it’s just lovely, but is often pushed to the sidelines by his more frequently-performed music. We are looking forward to bringing this lovely piece back into the limelight where it can be heard and enjoyed.”

The Elm City Girls’ Chorus and the Saecula Singers of New Haven (Tom Brand and Rebecca Rosenbaum, Music Directors) will bring their fresh voices to this program of timeless classics.
With Joy of Heart and Gladness

Sunday
April 26, 2020
4:00PM


Pre-concert talk 3:15pm
Doors open at 3:00pm


Middletown High School

Santo Fragilio
Performing Arts Center

200 La Rosa Lane
Middletown, CT


Tickets on sale now:
$9-$40 in advance
$10-$45 at the door

Click HERE for tickets

Scroll down for more ticket information.
The GMChorale frequently collaborates with other performing arts organizations in communities across the region. On Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 5:00 pm, the GMChorale will join the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church in Cheshire for the 16th annual Festival of Carols, a program of seasonal readings, choral anthems, and community singing of familiar carols directed by Joseph D’Eugenio, who is Choir Director and Organist at First Congregational Church. Listen as the Christmas story unfolds in song and story within the beautifully decorated, candlelit, historic sanctuary of this classic New England church.

No tickets are required for this event.
Snow date: Sunday, December 15, at 5:00 pm.
Saturday
December 14, 2019
5:00PM


SNOW DATE:
Sunday

December 15, 2019
5:00PM


First Congregational Church
111 Church Drive
Cheshire, CT

Free-will donation
www.cheshirecongregational.org
Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 24-voice Alchemy ensemble presents an annual series of concerts across the state.

n the 2019-2020 season, Alchemy, will offer Soirées Musicales, an hour-long program that showcases the versatility of this ensemble in performances of accompanied and a capella choral music and recalls the elegance of musical gatherings in earlier days.

The featured work is the Neue Liebeslieder waltzes by Johannes Brahms, virtuosic settings of love poems for solo voices, chorus, and piano four hands (that is, two pianists playing one piano). The GMChorale’s long-time pianist Allan Conway will be joined at the keyboard by Joseph D’Eugenio, and members of Alchemy will perform the vocal solos.

The program also includes evocative choral selections by Giacchino Rossini, Randall Thompson, Edward Elgar, and others. 
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:00pm
With the Saecula Singers, Tom Brand, Artistic Director
First Congregational Church of Cheshire
111 Church Drive, Cheshire, CT
Free-will donation


Sunday, October 27, 2019, 4:00pm
Essex Meadows
30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT
Free admission
Registration required at 860-581-4660
or at THIS LINK

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4:00pm
Bethany Lutheran Church
50 Court Street, Cromwell, CT
Free-will donation
A reception follows the concert

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00pm
Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford CT
Tickets: $20 at www.ahcc.org


 
GMChorale Concert Tickets

Enjoy the best prices by ordering your tickets now. 
  
   Premium Seating: $40 in advance, $35 at the door

   General admission: $30 in advance, $35 at the door
   Seniors: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
   Students: $9 in advance, $10 at the door
   Groups: $23 when purchased in groups of 8 or more (advance sales only)

Click HERE for tickets for the November 10 Concert "New Every Morning"
Click HERE for tickets for the April 26 concert "With Joy of Heart and Gladness"
  

Season Subscriptions are available until November 1, 2019.

Each subscription includes one ticket for each of the GMChorale's concerts on November 10, 2019 and April 26, 2020.

Subscription prices for 2019-2020:

   $76 Premium Seating
   $56 General Admission
   $46 Senior (ages 65+)
   $16 Student (ages 7-22; college students show ID at the door)

Click HERE to purchase season subscriptions. 

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. 

Coming with a group of 8 or more adults? Purchase 8 or more tickets together with the group rate and get the best bargain of all - just $23 each for general admission ticket (adults of all ages). Group rates do not apply to premium or student tickets. Advance sales only. 


Not sure about ordering tickets online? It's quick, easy, and secure, and your tickets arrive in minutes. 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? Easy! Click HERE to open a printable PDF order form at the GMChorale website or clip the form from the GMChorale's 2019-2020 brochure, arriving soon. Mail your completed form to the GMChorale office with your payment and receive your tickets by return postal mail or by email, or choose that they be left at Will Call for you or your friends. 

Would you prefer to talk to a real person? We're ready to take your order! Call the GMChorale office at 860-316-4854 and leave a message; we'll return your call to say hello and take your order.

Tickets will also be on sale at the door for the GMChorale concerts on November 10 and April 26 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.


For more information, visit the Ticket page at the GMChorale website.

Questions? Need assistance? Reply to this email, write to gmcmedia@gmchorale.org, or call 860-316-4854.
 
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The GMChorale is partially funded by generous grants from the following: 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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