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"Bernstein was the consummate amalgam of high-brow, low-brow and every other brow." — American conductor (and Bernstein student) Marin Alsop

November 11, 2018

Middletown High School
Pre-concert talk at 3:15pm by Neely Bruce

$8-$35 in advance
$10-$40 at the door

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Sunday's concert is in the spacious, fully-accessible Santo Fragilio Arts Center at Middletown High School at 201 La Rosa Lane in Middletown, CT. Click below on the picture of the building or the map to open Google maps for this address. There is plenty of parking. If you wish to attend the pre-concert talk, plan to arrive at 3:00pm; the talk starts at 3:15pm in the auditorium.
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GMChorale singer Christine Rogers (pictured here), who also volunteers as a grant writer to help make the music possible, has been busy inviting friends and family to come to hear the Chorale on November 11 with a series of very appealing letters. Here's the last of her three letters and video recommendations, shared with her permission. Thank you, Christine!
In case you missed Christine's earlier missives, here is the first letter and the second letter.
Dear friends,
Here’s a final bit of concert information to familiarize you with what you will be hearing on Sunday, Nov 11th. The Chorale is thrilled to be singing two pieces adapted by Aaron Copland and included in his song set “Old American Songs: Zion’s Walls and At the River. They are both beautiful, but my favorite is At the River. This hymn of solace. written by poet and composer Robert Lowry in 1864, was arranged by Copland in 1952. Much beloved, it was sung live at the 1980 funeral of American Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and at the memorial concerts for Copland and Leonard Bernstein. It has been used in numerous films, including five directed by John Ford, one by David Lean, and was also heard in the 1985 “Trip to Bountiful." I’ve included the verse here and a link to a performance on YouTube. (Again, thanks to Wikipedia for information.)

Can’t wait to see you at the concert!

At the River
Robert Lowry
Shall we gather by the river,
Where bright angel’s feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?
Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Ere we reach the shining river
Lay we every burden down,
Praise our spirits will deliver
And provide our robe and crown.
Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

Christine recommends...
"At the River" by Robert Lowry
Arranged by Aaron Copland

Buffalo State College Combined Choirs. Dr. Victoria Furby, director. Susan Schuman, accompanist. Recorded October 21, 2010. 7:30 pm. Buffalo State College Performing Arts Center. Buffalo, NY
For those who like to read about the music...

Here are the program notes for Sunday's concert, with the texts for each selection, some historic photos, and a few other odds and ends that didn't make it into our program books. Enjoy!
… And for those who like to hear a great speaker share insights and stories about the music
At the GMChorale's April concert, more than 200 of you attended a wonderful pre-concert talk by Dr. Neely Bruce, the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and one of the most engaging music educators in the region. Many of you asked us to bring Dr. Bruce back this season, and we are delighted that he will offer a talk before each of the GMChorale's concerts, starting on Sunday, November 11, at 3:15pm prior to the 4:00pm concert. Plan to arrive early!  We recommend that you purchase tickets in advance  so you can go right in to the talk, which is only for ticket-holders.
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Coming up soon - Save the date!
Special Event!
A Festival of Carols

The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church and the GMChorale
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:00pm
First Congregational Church
111 Church Drive, Cheshire, CT
Warm up to the holiday season on December 15, 2018, with the 15th edition of A Festival of Carols, the much-loved annual presentation by the GMChorale, the vibrant Chancel Choir of Cheshire’s First Congregational Church, and singers from the Cheshire community, all directed and accompanied by Joseph D’Eugenio, Artistic Director of the GMChorale and Choir Director and Organist at First Congregational Church. Listen as the Christmas story unfolds in seasonal readings and choral anthems, and add your voice when all join to sing traditional Christmas carols. This memory-making festival is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
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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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