The Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, conducted by Ehren Brown, will present “An Evening of Light Classical Music” at Groton Congregational Church in Groton, Connecticut. At the piano will be our wonderful accompanist, Kathleen Bartkowski.
The major work on the program is Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse, which is a little gem. I had the privilege to be one of about a dozen singers to sing the “Little Organ Mass” in the gallery at the Bergenkirche in Eisenstadt, Austria, where Haydn was organist. The “little organ” he played is still there, and it was played for our performance. I will never forget the sound of that organ, or the excitement of being one of the singers chosen from our large touring ensemble to present this wonderful music in the space for which it had been composed.
In additon to a nice selection of choral music, Sunday’s program includes several solo selections. (The entire program is listed at the end of this post.) My dear friend Jane Scott and I will reprise George Frideric Handel's duet for two sopranos and continuo, Quel fior che all'alba ride. We had so much fun performing this duet for a fundraising event for The Hartford Chorale last year, and I'm so pleased that we can perform it again. You can read about that performance, and learn more about this duet, and see a picture from that day, HERE.
Shown above is a photo of the The Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers taken in the stunning sanctuary of Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford last fall.
Details on the concert:
An Evening of Light Classical MusicThe Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers
Ehren Brown, conductor and Kathleen Bartkowski, piano
Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 7:00pm
Groton Congregational Church
162 Monument St, Groton, Connecticut
On the Program:
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo ("Kleine Orgelmesse")
Kevin Siegfried (b.1969): Shaker Harmony: “Gentle Words,” “Help Me O Lord,” “Star of Purity”
Morten Lauridsen (b.1943): “Dirait-on”
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) “Quel fior che all'alba ride” [my duet with Jane]
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Magnificat in D: III. “Quia respexit humilitatem” [solo]
Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916): “Sogno” [solo]
Dominick Argento (b.1927): Six Elizabethan Songs: I. “Spring” [solo]
Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949): “My Lord, What A Mornin'”
Bobby McFerrin (b.1950): “Psalm 23”
James Mulholland (b.1935): “A Red, Red Rose”
Moses Hogan (1957-2003): “My Soul's Been Anchored In the Lord”