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

The GMChorale's Alchemy Chamber Ensemble Performs October 25 in Old Saybrook
 
The 24-voice ensemble, now in its third season, joins with the Old Saybrook High School Chamber Singers and the Chancel Choir of the First Church of Christ to present “Come to the Music”
 
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. (October 2, 2018) — Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, presents its second concert of the season on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 7:00 pm in Old Saybrook, CT. Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 24-voice ensemble will perform at the First Church of Christ at 366 Main Street in Old Saybrook. No tickets are required; a free-will donation will be accepted.
 
Called “Come to the Music,” the hour-long program showcases the versatility of this ensemble in performances of accompanied and a capella choral music by Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Duruflé, Fauré, Siegfried, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Thompson, Vierne, Clausen, and others.
 
Joining Alchemy on this program are the the Old Saybrook High School Chamber Singers, directed by Jeremy Milton, and the Chancel Choir of the First Church of Christ, directed by Garrett Artman. Allan Conway accompanies on piano and organ.
 
Formed in 2016 as the first expression of the GMChorale’s new “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.
 
“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. “The young singers are sometimes in awe of what the pros can do with their voices and musicianship, but the adult musicians also find inspiration in these young singers, who are our future music educators, performers, audience, and supporters.”
 
Joint rehearsals are times of intense learning, creativity, and enrichment, with the adult singers serving as mentors and models for the younger musicians. 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 making music together throughout their lives.
 
The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 80-voice GMChorale, which presents two main-stage concerts this season. On 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. The concert takes place at 4:00pm at the Middletown High School Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center; a pre-concert talk begins at 3:15pm. Tickets for these concerts are available at www.gmchorale.org.
 
Information about Alchemy’s 2018-2019 concert series is available at http://gmchorale.org/alchemy/.
 
EVENT DETAILS:
 
What: Choral concert with music by Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré, Schumann, and others.
Who: Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, with Allan Conway accompanying, led by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio.
When: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00pm
Where: First Church of Christ (Congregational), 366 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. There is ample free, off-street parking in the parking lot behind the church.
Accessible: Yes
Admission: No tickets are required; free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.
Family Friendly: Yes
More Info:  
http://gmchorale.org/alchemy/ or gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
 
 
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Interviews: For more information, or to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, please contact Sarah Hager Johnston, Director of Marketing and Communications at
gmcmedia@gmchorale.org or 860-676-2228.
 
About Alchemy —Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, was established in 2016 as a company of musicians comprising music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. Alchemy’s 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. Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the ensemble, known for its ability to adapt its sound to a broad variety of repertoire, took the name “Alchemy” in recognition of the ancient, mystical art of creating gold through a process of transformation and refinement. Already recognized for its vocal beauty, richness, and subtlety, this ensemble brings a touch of gold to concerts and collaborations of the highest musical quality. The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 80-voice GMChorale, which performs a wide range of choral music from several centuries, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces. In its annual state-wide concert series, Alchemy frequently collaborates with local ensembles and performers, especially youth choirs. The ensemble is often invited to perform across the region in collaborative projects and special concerts, and has been invited to give the President’s Concert Performance at the 2018 convention of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
 
About Alchemy’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 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 Hartford, and the Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Connecticut.
 

 
Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale
Alchemy'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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