Letter from Italy, 1944, by American composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder, was commissioned and premiered by the GMChorale in April 2013 at the Performing Arts Center in Middletown, CT. Conducted by Joseph D’Eugenio, this performance was fully staged by director Sheila Garvey, with projections and lighting design by Jiyoun Chang and Sheila Garvey.
This oratorio was inspired by and set to the poetry of Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely and the book by Joseph D’Eugenio, and is scored for chorus, orchestra and soloists. The storyline focuses on the problem now affecting so many returning military and their families – PTSD. It also affected the Meneely family when their father returned from his WWII service as a medic with the 10th Mountain Division.
“Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio” – Documentary
This documentary film based on the fabled 10th Mountain Division and the true story, told in music, of how one soldier’s PTSD affected generations. The film, produced by Emmy Award winner Karyl Evans and narrated by Oscar Award winner Meryl Streep explores the evolution of the GMChorale’s commissioned musical drama into a community project of national importance.
“Letter from Italy, 1944: World Premiere Performance” – Concert
Also including an introduction by Meryl Streep, the long-awaited Concert DVD for Letter from Italy, 1944 is now available featuring the performance by the GMChorale on the GMChorale’s store on Squareup.com.
We would like to thank CPTV for the airings of “Letter from Italy, 1944: World Premiere Performance”
CPTV4U – Sunday, May 15 at 8:30 PM / CPTV – Sunday, May 22 at 12:30 PM