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Winter Concert At St Rose This Weekend-CT Master Chorale To Perform New Work By John Rutter



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Winter Concert At St Rose This Weekend—

CT Master Chorale To Perform New Work By John Rutter

The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will perform its winter concert on Sunday, March 9, at 3 pm, at St Rose of Lima Church.

The program will feature Winchester Te Deum, a new work by John Rutter. Written for the installation of the new Dean of Winchester Cathedral, the work is “a glorious setting for mixed voices,” said Ms Heidrich. Described as “buoyant, while maintaining a sense of ceremony,” Te Deum is a worthy addition to the renowned composer’s body of work. Dancing rhythmic motifs are balanced with moments of reflection, and soaring vocal lines highlight the text. The final Alleluias bring the composition to a magnificent conclusion.

Also on the program is Charles Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass. Written in honor of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the masterpiece established Gounod’s reputation as a composer of sacred music.

The concert will conclude with Ben-Hur Choral Suite by Miklós Rózsa, a Hungarian-born composer who was best known for his film scores. Throughout his career, he composed award-winning music for MGM Studios and won his third Oscar for Ben-Hur. Created from the highlights of the original film score, the Choral Suite is dramatic music of a magical nature, filled with majesty and explosive grandeur.

The Connecticut Master Chorale is an ensemble of 55 vocalists now in its ninth year of performing in western Connecticut.

Newtown residents in the Master Chorale are Judy Bolduc, Ginnie Carey, Lisa Cedergren, Wendy Fong, David Jurman, Karen Orzechowski, Nancy Raymond, Pastor Gregory Wismar and Dan Yee.

The Chorale will be joined by soprano Louise Fauteux, tenor Joshua Kohl, and baritone Dan Kempson, and accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra.

St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church is at 46 Church Hill Road. Tickets for the winter concert are $20 in advance and will be $25 at the door. For tickets and information, call 743-0473 or visit CMChorale.org.

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