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iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: "The Peacemakers" by Karl Jenkins. Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor. A compelling new work from the multifaceted Welsh composer brings an inspiring message of peace with texts from the world's great faiths and the writings of iconic figures including Mahatma Ghandi, The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Anne Frank, and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is perhaps Jenkins’ most significant contribution to the choral world to date. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of those that lost their lives in Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012. Accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown CT 06470 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Annual Holiday Prelude Concert. An eclectic program which includes the traditional and the unusual, reflecting many different cultures and musical styles. The program opens with The Sound of a Bell, heralding the Christmas season with peals of joy and an abundance of praise. It features The Many Moods of Christmas - Suite Three, one of Robert Shaw's remarkable collections of familiar carols that have become standards in the traditional Christmas repertoire. There will be music from John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, and a special grouping, Christmas in the South Seas, that includes "Christmas Island", a golden oldie made famous by the Andrews Sisters, a lullaby from Indonesia entitled Suliram, and the joyful "Pasko Na Naman!" (It's Christmas Again!) from the Philippines. "A Caribbean Noel" and "Sing a Joyful Alleluia" feature steel drums. "All Good Gifts", the beloved song of Thanksgiving from the musical Godspell, "Hanukkah Remembrance", "A Celtic Advent Carol", a traditional Gospel spiritual, and other seasonal selections will add to the diversity of the performance. The concert concludes with the rousing "Talkin' About Jesus", telling the good news of the Christmas story and the baby Jesus as only Southern Gospel music can. Accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Joseph J. Jacovino, Jr. on keyboards. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. First Congregational Church of Danbury, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury CT 06810 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Rossini: Stabat Mater, plus Puccini choruses. Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater; Giacomo Puccini: Gloria (from Messa di Gloria); "O Mio Babbino Caro" (from Gianni Schicchi); Humming Chorus (from Madama Butterfly); Act I Finale from Tosca. Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor; Joseph Jacovino, Jr., Accompanist; Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra; Louise Fauteux, soprano; Juan Andreu, tenor; Edwin Kotchian, bass-baritone. First Congregational Church of Danbury, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury CT 06810

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Connecticut Master Chorale Annual Holiday Prelude Concert. A combination of new choral versions of old favorites along with less familiar music from many cultures. Bradley Ellingboe: “Welcome to Our Wondering Sight”; John Rutter: “Now Thank We All Our God”; J. Amy Grant: “Breath of Heaven”; “A Carol Fantasy” (four traditional carols with brass and bells); the Puerto Rican carol, “Saludo, Saludo” and a traditional carol from Jamaica, “Christmas a Come”, with steel drums and Latin percussion; Christmas in New Orleans, a tribute to Louis Armstrong, including “Cool Yule”, “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” and “’Zat You, Santa Claus?”; “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (new choral version); “Hine Ma Tov” in Hebrew. With the Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Joseph J. Jacovino on piano and organ. Admission: $25, $20 in advance. First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury CT 06810 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Requiem for the Living. Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living; John Rutter: Feel the Spirit. Wendy Gerbier, mezzo-soprano. First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury CT 06810

iCal 7:30 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Messiah Sing. George Frideric Handel: Messiah. South Britain Congregational Church, 693 S Britain Rd, Southbury CT 06488

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Annual Holiday Prelude Concert. A splendid selection of distinctive choral music accompanied by brass ensemble and steel drums. Introducing a new calypso work by Tina Johns Heidrich: "A Big Band Christmas"; music for Hanukkah and Advent, lullabies, multi-cultural numbers, and other festive selections. Tina Johns Heidrich, conductor; accompanied by Connecticut Master Chorale Brass and Steel, and Joseph Jacovino, Jr. on keyboards. First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury CT 06810 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Connecticut Master Chorale Spring Concert. Duke Ellington: "Sacred Concert"; Z. Randall Stroope: American Rhapsody. With the Connecticut Master Chorale Brass and Jazz Bands; and Jacqueline Gaude, mezzo-soprano; Tina Johns Heidrich, conductor. From 1966 to 1974, Duke Ellington and his Big Band Orchestra toured the United States and Europe to great acclaim with his remarkable Three Sacred Concerts. This arrangement draws together the best pieces from all three concerts, recreating what Ellington called "the most important thing I have ever done". Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. More about the concert at http://www.cmchorale.org/season/16/spr16notes.htm First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury CT 06810 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Annual Holiday Prelude Concert. Featuring "A Dave Brubeck Christmas", works by John Rutter and Dan Forrest, music for Hanukkah and Advent, lullabies, multi-cultural numbers, gospel, and other festive selections. With brass ensemble. First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury CT 06810

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Spring concert, featuring tango-inflected Mass. Martín Palmeri: Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango); John Rutter: The Gift of Life. Wendy Gerbier, mezzo-soprano; with the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and Joseph J. Jacovino, piano and organ; Tina Johns Heidrich, conductor. Misatango is a perfect blend of exhilarating tango drama with the traditional beauty of the Latin choral Mass; it was chosen to open the 12th annual International Festival of Sacred Music and Art in Rome, Italy. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury CT 06810 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Holiday Prelude Concert. An eclectic collection reflecting many cultures of music for Thanksgiving, Advent, Hanukkah, and Christmas, including a resplendent brass fanfare, carols, lullabies, calypso, big band, jazz, and gospel. Featured works include A Celtic Christmas; Dan Forest's See Amid the Winter's Snow; "African Star Carol" from South Africa; "La Trulla" from Puerto Rico; "Believe" from the movie Polar Express; and the jazzy standard "That's What I Want for Christmas". "Down in Bethlehem!" will close our program with the spirit of joy, energy and excitement found only in gospel music! Tickets: $20 in advance (available at 203-743-0473), $25 at the door. First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury CT 06810 (View flier)

iCal 3:00 PM. Connecticut Master Chorale [CT]: Spring 2018 Concert. Dan Forrest: Jubilate Deo! (O Be Joyful in the Lord!); Paul Basler: Songs of Celebration. Dan Forrest's Jubilate Deo! brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, "O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands," by setting verses of it, each in a different language, and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Movements include liturgical Latin, intertwined Hebrew and Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Spanish, Song of the Earth, and a closing movement combining several of these languages with English. First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury CT 06810


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