Alchemy 2019-2020 Season: Soirées Musicales

Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, offers a series concerts across the state that often feature collaborations with local ensembles and performers.

Now in its third season, and led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 24-voice Alchemy ensemble presents an annual series of concerts across the state. In the 2019-2020 season, Alchemy, will offer Soirées Musicales, an hour-long program that showcases the versatility of this ensemble in performances of accompanied and a capella choral music and recalls the elegance of musical gatherings in earlier days. The featured work is the Neue Liebeslieder waltzes by Johannes Brahms, virtuosic settings of love poems for solo voices, chorus, and piano four hands (that is, two pianists playing one piano). The GMChorale’s long-time pianist Allan Conway will be joined at the keyboard by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, and members of Alchemy will perform the vocal solos. The program also includes evocative choral selections by Giacchino Rossini, Randall Thompson, Edward Elgar, and others.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:00 pm
First Congregational Church
111 Church Drive,
Cheshire, CT
With the Saecula Singers, Tom Brand, Music Director
Free-will donation.

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 4:00 pm
Essex Meadows
30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT
Free, but registration is required. Call  860-581-4660
or visit

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4:00 pm
Bethany Lutheran Church
50 Court Street, Cromwell, CT
Free-will donation; a reception follows the concert.

CANCELLED: Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00 pm
Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

The concert “Soireés Musicales” that was to have been given on March 21 in Hartford by Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, has been cancelled. The ensemble was to have appeared on the “Music for Humanity” series at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, but the church has cancelled the concert to comply with recommendations for reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Ticketholders should contact Asylum Hill Congregational Church for assistance at (860) 278-0785 or

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