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Coming up next from the GMChorale
We are looking forward to singing for you!
Happy New Year from the GMChorale!

Now that the holiday rush is winding down, it's time to look ahead to the wonderful musical events we have planned for you this spring. Mark your calendars and check all the details offered below. We hope to see you often!

Sunday, March 1 at  4:00 pm
ALCHEMY sings in Cromwell

Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 pm
ALCHEMY sings in Hartford

Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 pm
GMCHORALE sings in Middletown

What are you doing on Tuesday nights? Consider singing with the GMChorale! Come to either of two open rehearsals on January 21 and January 28 to meet our friendly singers, enjoy seeing Maestro D'Eugenio in action with a stack of new music and 90 eager singers, and learn if the ensemble is a good fit for you. Details below. 
Greeting from Joseph D'Eugenio
Artistic Director, GMChorale


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. On April 26, 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.
This is the time of year we welcome new adult singers for the spring concert, too; perhaps you? Scroll down for information about our singer-friendly audition process, then consider participating in no-obligation open rehearsals on January 21 or January 28. We make it as easy and stress-free as possible! On each of those nights, I'll meet with all prospective singers as a group before the main rehearsal begins, and we will sing a little together to get warmed up and get to know each other. Then it's off to rehearsal, where you can sit in with the Chorale, meet the friendly singers, sing a little Bach, Mozart, and Schubert, and experience what a GMChorale rehearsal is like. If it feels like a good fit for you, and you're interested in performing with the Chorale, then you can schedule a private, low-stress audition with me. Scroll down for details on how to register for these open rehearsals, and please share this information with other singers who might be interested in joining us. Thank you!

Joseph D'Eugenio, Artistic Director
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 also 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 are on sale now:
$9-$40 in advance
$10-$45 at the door

Click HERE for tickets

To order by phone, leave a message at 860-316-4854.

To order by postal mail,
download an order form HERE and send it with your payment to the GMChorale office. The form has complete information.

Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 3:00 pm.


 
Come Sing with Us!
Singers in all voice parts are invited to participate in open rehearsals on January 21 or 28. Come see why singers in the GMChorale love this ensemble and love singing with Maestro D'Eugenio!
Singers interested in joining the GMChorale for the Spring 2020 semester and the following seasons may participate in open rehearsals on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, 2020, and then may schedule an audition with Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio. Registration is required to attend open rehearsals.

To schedule an audition or to learn more about the process, please contact the GMChorale's audition coordinator Margie Livengood at margie.livengood@gmchorale.org or 860-633-6198.

More information may be found at 
http://gmchorale.org/auditions/

Just two concerts left in Alchemy's Soirées Musicales series!
Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 24-voice Alchemy ensemble presents an annual series of concerts across the state.

In the 2019-2020 season, Alchemy is presenting Soirées Musicales, an hour-long program that showcases the versatility of this ensemble in performances of accompanied and a capella choral music
. 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.

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. 
Only two performances remain!

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

Saturday, March 21, 2020
8:00 pm
Asylum Hill
Congregational Church
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford CT
Tickets: $20 at THIS LINK and at the door.


 
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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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