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Creation's Bounty

2021 - 2022 SEASON

The Creation: An Oratorio by F. Joseph Haydn

Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, Middletown, CT
Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 4:00pm

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GMChorale crowns its 45th season with Franz Joseph Haydn’s late-classical masterwork, The Creation. A rarely performed choral masterwork, The Creation has enchanted audiences for generations since its premier in Vienna in 1798. Inspired from the oratorio tradition of Handel, The Creation celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis, the Biblical Book of Psalms, and in John Milton's Paradise Lost. Audiences will be transformed by the brilliant tone-painting and monumental choruses of the work as they hear light emerge from darkness, the foaming billows of the seas, and Adam and Eve, the graceful consort and the spouse adored before the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.  GMChorale will be joined by Alchemy, Elm City Girls’ Choir, Orchestra New England, and internationally-renowned soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Dann Coakwell, and Mark Womack, for a monumental production not to be missed.

First Congregational Church, Cheshire, CT
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 5:00pm

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GMChorale will once again join the vibrant Chancel Choir of Cheshire’s First Congregational Church and singers from the Cheshire community to welcome the holiday season with the 18th Festival of Carols, the much-loved annual presentation of seasonal readings, choral anthems, and the singing of traditional Christmas carols by everyone gathered in the beautifully decorated, candlelit, historic sanctuary of this classic New England church. The music is directed and accompanied by Joseph D’Eugenio, Artistic Director of the GMChorale and Director of Music at First Congregational Church.

With Joyful Heart: An Afternoon of Choral Favorites

Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, Middletown, CT
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 4:00pm

GMChorale presents its first MainStage concert with Elm City Girls’ Choir and the debut performance of Harmonia, the chorale's new string chamber ensemble.  Audiences will return to the Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School for an afternoon of choral classics, including Schubert's Mass in G, Bach's Cantata BWV 4 (Christ lag in todesbanden), and Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Sancta Maria.  Additionally, a commissioned arrangement of composer Ellen Gilson Voth’s nationally-recognized piece, Across the Empty Square, will be premiered to acknowledge the impact of COVID-19 on our global society.

Related Events​ this Fall

Concert for Caring,  featuring Alchemy

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 7:00pm

First Congregational Church, Cheshire, CT

Alchemy, Elm City Girls’ Choir, and Saecula singers unite for an evening of choral music to benefit Cheshire Food Pantry and Cheshire Human Services with a free-will offering and collection of non-perishable items. The performance will include the music of Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Mozart, along with American hymns and folksongs such as Shawn Kirchner’s rousing arrangements of Bright Morning Stars and Unclouded Day.

Across the Empty Square: A Conversation with Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, Composer and Joseph D'Eugenio, Artistic Director

Monday, November 1, 2021 at 7:00pm

Free Online with Zoom

Meet composer Ellen Gilson Voth with Music Director Joseph D’Eugenio as they present Ellen’s new nationally-acclaimed piece, Across the Empty Square. The music and its text is a monument to current times and the pandemic, and explores how we can make progress against hate, fear, and isolation. Ellen embeds traditional melodies, such as How Can I Keep from Singing, into the piece with a seamless and integral nature. Across the Empty Square will be a featured piece during our Memorial Music Sunday service.

Memorial Music Sunday

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 10:00am

First Congregational Church, Cheshire, CT

This year’s annual service of remembrance will honor the memories of those who we have lost with J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 4, Christ lag in todesbanden (Christ lay in death’s bond’s) and Mozart’s Ave verum corpus. Additionally, composer Ellen Gilson Voth’s new arrangement of Across the Empty Square will be premiered with Harmonia string ensemble and organ. This arrangement acknowledges and gives voice to the impact of COVID-19 on our community and global society.

GMChorale Past Seasons


Take a journey through the Chorale's past with highlights from our past seasons.

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