POSTPONED: With Joy of Heart and Gladness

The GMChorale has postponed its concert “With Joy of Heart and Gladness,” previously scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at 4:00 pm at the Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, 200 La Rosa Lane, in Middletown, CT. The concert, which was to have presented choral and orchestral music of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, and Mascagni, will be rescheduled for a future date later this year.


The action was taken to comply with recommendations for reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, by cancelling events that would attract large audiences. In addition, the City of Middletown has closed the public schools, including for outside events such as the GMChorale’s concert.

“After having several really wonderful rehearsals with the singers of the GMChorale, we are all very disappointed that we can’t share this beautiful music with our listeners in April, but in the interests of protecting the health of our musicians, the audience, and the general public, we fully support all efforts to contain this outbreak,” said Joseph D’Eugenio, Artistic Director of the GMChorale. “We look forward to finding a new opportunity to present this concert later in the year.”

When a new date has been determined for this concert, the GMChorale will share that news in this newsletter, on our website and social media pages, and in public media.

Patrons who purchased tickets for the April 26 GMChorale concert have several options:

1 – Hold and use for rescheduled concert – All tickets already sold for the April 26 concert will be honored for whatever future date is set for this concert.
2 – Exchange for another concert next season – If you or your friends can’t attend on the future date, you may exchange the ticket(s) for tickets of equal value for any GMChorale concert in the 2020-2021 season.
3 – Donate the value to the GMChorale – To support the GMChorale during this challenging time, you may choose to convert your April 26 ticket(s) into a donation to the GMChorale.
4 – Refund –If you prefer, you may request a refund. All refund requests will be honored.

You don’t need to take any action yet. If you purchased tickets, you will receive an email from the GMChorale’s marketing office ( in the next week or so, outlining these options and providing guidance on how you can exchange, donate, or refund your tickets. Please wait for this message; it may take us several days to reach out to all ticket-holders. If you have not received an email by March 31, or if you have other questions or concerns about your tickets for this concert, please contact the GMChorale’s marketing office at 860-316-4854 (leave a message) or

If you are not able to re-use or exchange the tickets, please consider converting them into a donation to the GMChorale. Though the concert was cancelled, the GMChorale has still incurred expenses for music, rehearsal space, musicians, and more, during the several weeks of rehearsals as we began to prepare this concert for you. Our forthcoming message will include information on how you may make this donation, if you choose.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, as we all do our best to care for each other and safeguard the public health during this challenging time. We are all looking forward to the day later this year when the GMChorale is able to present, with full hearts and voices, “With Joy of Heart and Gladness.”

With gratitude
The singers, board, staff, and volunteers of the GMChorale


In a wide-ranging program of music for chorale and string orchestra, the GMChorale presents fresh interpretations of well-known masterworks, including performances of Bach’s cantata Christ lag in todesbanden (BWV 4) and Motet No. 6 “Lobet den Herrn” (BWV 230), Schubert’s Mass in G Major (D.167) and the exquisite “Laudate Dominum” from Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339). The Chorale will also offer a rare performance of a lesser-known but beautiful choral work by Mozart, the “Sancta Maria, mater Dei,” K.273. Maestro D’Eugenio will lead the orchestra, comprising some of the finest string players in the region, in the sprightly finale of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in D Major (HWV 323/V), the complete Divertimento in D Major (K.136/125a) of Mozart, and the poignant Intermezzo from Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana. The Elm City Girls’ Chorus and the Saecula Singers (Tom Brand, and Rebecca Rosenbaum, Music Directors) will bring their fresh voices to this program of timeless classics.