Alchemy opens the GMChorale season with two October performances of “Soirées Musicales." The hour-long free concert 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.

Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 24-voice ensemble will perform on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the First Congregational Church of Cheshire, 111 Church Drive, in Cheshire, CT, and on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 4:00pm at Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT. Both events are free. Registration is required for the concert at Essex Meadows (see information at right).

Joining Alchemy on the October 19 program is the Saecula Singers, a small, inter-generational vocal ensemble that is part of the New Haven-based Saecula Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides life-changing educational programs, performance opportunities, and scholarships for musicians of all ages.

October 19, 2019

with the Saecula Singers
First Congregational Church
111 Church Drive
Cheshire, CT
Free-will donation

October 27, 2019

Essex Meadows
30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT

Free admission, but registration is required;  
call 860-581-4660 or visit

“The tradition of the soirée musicale, or musical evening, has been almost forgotten in our modern world,” said Joseph D’Eugenio. “At a soirée, friends, family, and invited guests would gather to sing and play music together, often in a private drawing room or salon. Often, celebrated musicians were featured, and the quality of music-making rivaled that of the best concert halls. We hope this program will evoke that intimate, artistically inspiring experience.”

The featured work on these programs 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 Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, and members of Alchemy will perform the vocal solos. On October 19 in Cheshire, Mr. Conway will also perform an organ solo, to be announced.

Formed in 2016 as the first expression of the GMChorale’s “Singing for a Lifetime” outreach initiative, Alchemy is a company of 24 musicians that includes music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. The ensemble performs an annual series of concerts across Connecticut, often collaborating with choirs from the communities in which it performs, especially with youth choirs, who have an opportunity to rehearse and perform with the seasoned musicians of Alchemy and their Artistic Director, Joseph D’Eugenio.

Already, Alchemy has become known for its compelling performances and significant vocal artistry. Alchemy was invited to perform at the 2018 annual convention of the American Choral Directors Association (Connecticut Chapter), where Alchemy was the featured presenter at the President’s Concert. The ensemble was also invited to perform a series of concerts in Ithaca, New York in August, 2018, collaborating with a local music school to create a significant choral experience for young singers.

The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 90-voice GMChorale, which opens its season on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 4:00pm, with New Every Morning, a program of fresh new choral classics that takes its name from a newly-commissioned multi-movement choral work by Connecticut composer Peter Niedmann. Tickets are on sale now; season subscriptions are available until November 1.
"The ensemble's artistry and love of singing were evident and the audience was moved by the beauty of your message."
— Comment from a listener at a recent performance by Alchemy
Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, offers an annual series of concerts across the state that often feature collaborations with local ensembles and performers. Led by founding director Joseph D’Eugenio and accompanied on piano and organ by the GMChorale's own Allan Conway, this 24-voice ensemble brings a touch of gold to interpretations of Romantic and contemporary choral music.
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Photos of the GMChorale and Alchemy by John Marchand.
The GMChorale is partially funded by generous grants from many individuals and from 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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