Coming up next from the GMChorale
and Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble
of the GMChorale

We look forward to singing for you!
Please join us for either (or both!) of the two concerts remaining in Alchemy's Soirées Musicales series.
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.
The Alchemy season concludes with performances in Cromwell on Sunday, March 1 and in Hartford on Saturday, March 15.
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 this season!

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.
SPECIAL THRILLING NEWS! In the true spirit of a "soirées musicale," an instrumental selection has just been added to this program: the first movement (Allegro) from Mozart's Sonata in D for piano four hands, KV 381 (KV. 123a), to be performed by the GMChorale's two favorite pianists: Allan Conway and Joseph D'Eugenio. 
Do you have your tickets  for the GMChorale's April 26 concert of choral classics?

If you love choral and orchestral music, this concert's for you, with gems by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Handel, and Mascagni. And this program, replete with memorable tunes, poignant moments, and majestic sonorities, would be the perfect opportunity to introduce a friend to choral music. Consider bringing a friend, colleague, or family member who has never before experienced the singular delight of a large choral ensemble singing together "with Joy of Heart and Gladness." That title is adapted from the text of Bach's Cantata No.4; come and hear the GMChorale (with a professional string orchestra) sing those words as Bach set them to music.
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

April 26, 2020

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.

CLICK HERE to reserve tickets for the GMChorale's concert of choral classics on Saturday, April 26.
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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