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Greater Middletown Chorale Performing Spring Concert On Sunday [VIDEO]

Statewide singing group visits the Second Congregational Church of New London

A statewide chorale will give its first concert in southeastern Connecticut this weekend, bringing a program of spring music to the .

The Greater Middletown Chorale will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $25, while the attendees over the age of 62 are admitted for $20. Students from age 10 through college pay $15, while children under the age of nine are admitted for free.

The chorale was established in Middletown in 1977, but today includes members from 35 different communities. Matt McCaffrey, president of the chorale and pastor of the Second Congregational Church, said the group includes some professional singers but mostly consists of people who enjoy singing. Members include a retired judge as well as lawyers and doctors.

“They come out on Tuesday nights because it’s something completely different from their regular lives,” said McCaffrey.

McCaffrey said he recently met with church leaders to discuss having the church be a more artistic venue, and that this led to the agreement to host the chorale for the concert.

The program includes Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” as well as other American spirituals and sacred music. In addition, Mystic harpist Allyn Bryson Donath will play an instrumental selection.

Joseph D’Eugenio, the chorale’s artistic director, said the group recently sang the featured program at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford. Last year, the group toured Italy and concluded with the same performance in Venice.

D’Eugenio said the chorale performs about five or six concerts a year, usually throughout the state.

“I think the most important thing is cultivating an esprit de corps in a group,” D’Eugenio said the preparation for the shows. “It’s really from there that the best music making can emerge.”

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Debbie May 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Expensive ticket prices for a Church concert.
Maria Buatti May 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM
It's well worth it. And thanks Patch for the nice video posting.
Joyce Kirkpatrick May 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The Greater Middletown Chorale often sings in churches because they have organs for accompaniment and generally fine acoustics. Moreover, their rental prices are better than other venues which keeps ticket prices down. The 2nd Congregational Church of New London has an exceptionally fine Austin organ and it is a pleasure to be singing there as well as on Patch!

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