The GMChorale has become one of New England’s finest and most engaging choruses since its founding in 1977 as The Greater Middletown Chorale. Today, GMChorale is celebrated for its innovative symphonic choral presentations, and often performs with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles.
Under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 80-voice Chorale performs beloved masterworks and newly commissioned pieces. GMChorale crowned its two European concert tours as the only choir providing music for the Sunday noon mass at Venice’s extraordinary Basilica San Marco. The 24 voices of the new GMChorale Chamber Singers, also directed by Joseph D’Eugenio, present concerts of early to contemporary music, both a cappella and accompanied, in a variety of settings.
In 2011, the GMChorale commissioned Connecticut Grammy nominee and composer, Sarah Meneely-Kyder, to create Letter from Italy, 1944 with libretto by her sister, poet Nancy Meneely. Letter from Italy, 1944 is a poignant masterwork that explores the effect of PTSD on a World War II soldier and generations of his family. In 2013, The GMChorale premiered the new oratorio in Middletown, Connecticut. The Chorale also commissioned Karyl Evans to create a documentary of the oratorio’s historic background and creative process that was narrated by Meryl Streep. The stunning result, “Letter from Italy, 1944: a New American Oratorio,” earned an Emmy for its director in 2016.
Last month, The GMChorale collaborated with The Hartford Chorale to perform this unique American oratorio on the historic Bushnell stage in Hartford. In this second performance, Letter from Italy, 1944 again received accolades in abundance and has been hailed by medical experts for its healing nature. Joseph D’Eugenio directed the semi-staged production, its professional soloists, the 200 singers of the combined chorales and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in a dazzling performance that still resounds.