Letter from Italy, 1944


The 2017 Hartford Premiere Performance –

On May 4, 2017, the GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, will present the Hartford Premiere of Letter from Italy, 1944.  This new oratorio is based upon the wartime experiences of WWII surgeon John K. Meneely.  The performance will feature a combined 200 voices onstage with orchestral accompaniment, synchronized with stage projections using photos and film footage. This remarkable work is quite timely, as we still strive to understand and address our veterans’ struggles with PTSD.

Veterans Engagement Program –

We are joining forces with Veteran Organizations to offer as many complimentary tickets as we can to veterans – made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Many who have served in the military suffer from PTSD. We offer Letter from Italy, 1944, a story of both struggle and hope, as a way toward understanding and a better future for those who have served so bravely. In addition, we are compiling a Veterans’ Honor Roll for families and friends to acknowledge veterans in their families and communities.

Community Conversations Series –

A series of eight community events will be featured between January and April of 2017 to further promote Letter from Italy, 1944 and our sponsors including: three screenings of the documentary with discussion, four educational lectures on PTSD, poetry readings created from Dr. Meneely’s letters and an exhibition of original sources, including photos and letters.

The Honorary Board –

To increase exposure, publicity and recognition of this project, we have secured commitments from many prominent individuals to participate on our Honorary Board whose titles include: U.S. Senator, Connecticut State Senator, Mayor, University Professor, and a national official from Veterans’ Affairs.