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There's so much great music in store for you this season from the GMChorale and Alchemy! Here's what's coming up next:

Tonight! Thursday, October 25, 7:00pm - Alchemy sings in Old Saybrook

Sunday, November 11, 4:00pm - GMChorale sings in Middletown 
Pre-concert talk by Neely Bruce at 3:15pm!

Saturday, December 15, 5:00pm - GMChorale sings in the Festival of Carols
at First Congregational Church, Cheshire

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Tonight! October 25, 2018 7:00pm
First Church of Christ
366 Main Street
, Old Saybrook, CT

With the Old Saybrook High School Chamber Singers
and the Chancel Choir of the First Church of Christ

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Ample free, off-street parking is available behind the church

Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, offers a series of concerts across the state that often feature collaborations with local ensembles and performers.  This season’s concerts, called Come to the Music, features a cappella and accompanied choral music by Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Duruflé, Fauré, Siegfried, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Thompson, Vierne, and Clausen. No tickets are required for these concerts; a free will donation will be accepted.

The Old Saybrook High School Chamber Singers (pictured here) and the Chancel Choir of First Church of Christ in Old Saybrook will join Alchemy on October 25 in Old Saybrook for a concert of choral music from the Renaissance to the present.
"Alchemy was superb - as were the young singers.  The choral literature was fascinating and most satisfying. A wonderful choral concert!" — Comments from a member of the audience when Alchemy performed in Cheshire on October 13
GMChorale's season-opening concert is just around the corner! Do you have your tickets?
Sunday
November 11, 2018
4:00PM

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

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

Read more HERE; click HERE to buy tickets now.

 
Back by popular demand!
When the GMChorale performed Carissimi's oratorio Jephte in April, 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 has accepted our invitation to 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!
The GMChorale's singers are eager to share this music with you!

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. She graciously gave permission to share her letter here with you.
Dear friends,
 
I‘m writing to extend my personal invitation to the GMChorale concert, Dream with Me Tonight, Dear Friends, on Sunday, November 11 at 4PM at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature works by Copland, Bernstein, and Randall Thompson, three American composers who were contemporaries and whose work influenced one another. If you haven’t had a chance to celebrate the Bernstein centennial yet, here is your chance. 
 
The first piece I would like to tell you about is Bernstein's “Make Our Garden Grow,” from his1956 comic operetta Candide, first conceived as a play by Lillian Hellman. I’ve taken the following info from Wikipedia: “Bernstein’s operetta, Candide, is based on a satirical novella by Voltaire which he published in 1759 in response to a popular philosophy proposed by Leibniz, known as the philosophy of optimism or “all is for the best" in the "best of all possible worlds.” The novella describes Candide's evolution from an idyllic childhood to his slow and painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. The novella concludes with Candide, if not rejecting Leibnizian optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "We must cultivate our garden.” Hence the title of the best-known song from Bernstein’s musical, “Make Our Garden Grow.” A video of a performance conducted by Bernstein is shown below.


The GMChorale is working hard to produce a gorgeous concert – we hope to see you there. Tickets are available online HERE.
 
—Christine
Christine recommends...

"Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide
Composed and conducted by Leonard Bernstein  
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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.
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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