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Jun 02
Shadows of Remembrance

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 4pm

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (A German Requiem)

Price: Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

 

With the Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra

 

Brahms German Requiem is considered the crowning achievement of his career. His technique of composition in his amazing work brought critics to compare him with Bach and Beethoven. This towering work was likely inspired by the death of Brahms’ mother and that of his close friend, composer Robert Schumann. The Chorale will perform Brahms’ original composition.
Florence Price’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight is based on a 1914 poem by American poet Vachel Lindsay. It portrays Abraham Lincoln walking through the streets of Springfield, Illinois, stirred from his eternal sleep. He is a man, who, even in death, is burdened by the tragedies of the modern world. Price’s luscious post-romantic writing and plea for peace in the face of WWI are a perfect companion to Brahms.

The Fairfield County Chorale is thrilled to announce a captivating evening of choral music featuring Johannes Brahms’s monumental Requiem, A German Requiem, and Florence Price’s evocative composition Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight. The concert will take place at the renowned Norwalk Concert Hall on June 2, 2024, promising a memorable experience for all attendees.

The Fairfield County Chorale, which celebrates its 61st season this year, will perform under the baton of the esteemed conductor, Maestro David Rosenmeyer. With a rich history of delivering outstanding interpretations of choral masterpieces, the Chorale is poised to captivate and excite audiences in its final concert of the season.

Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem, one of the most profound works in the choral repertoire, will be the centerpiece of the concert. Brahms’s German Requiem, often referred to as the “Human Requiem,” explores themes of comfort, solace, and hope for the living, making it a deeply personal and introspective work. The Fairfield County Chorale, accompanied by a stellar orchestra, will bring forth the emotional intensity and spiritual depth of this extraordinary composition.

In addition to Brahms’s German Requiem, the Fairfield County Chorale will showcase the remarkable work of American composer Florence Price. Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight is a poignant tribute to one of America’s greatest leaders. With its stirring melodies and expressive harmonies, Price’s composition masterfully captures the essence of Lincoln’s spirit and the emotions that surrounded his presidency. This performance will be a testament to the Chorale’s commitment to celebrating diverse voices in choral music.

The Fairfield County Chorale invites music lovers, both new and seasoned, to join them on June 2, 2024, at the Norwalk Concert Hall for an unforgettable evening of choral brilliance.

The Norwalk Concert Hall, renowned for its exceptional acoustics and elegant ambiance, serves as the perfect venue for this extraordinary evening. Located at 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT, the hall offers a comfortable and immersive concert experience for all music enthusiasts.

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Mar 09
Choral, Hot & Cool!

Saturday, March 9, 2024, 7:30pm

Palmeri, Misatango

Selections by Ola Gjeilo and Evan Fein

 

March comes in like a lamb… the Misatango, or Mass a Buenos Aires, features Shinjoo Cho on the traditional bandoneón. Misatango is Martín Palmieri’s fascinating combination of a classic Latin mass and Nuevo Tango rhythms and syncopation. It has been described as a work both sultry and sacred. In contrast, we present the tranquility of contemporary composer, Ola Gjeilo, and a world premiere by Evan Fein, composed specially for our concert!
Dec 10
For the Holiday Season

Sunday, December 10, 2023, 4pm

Bach, Christmas Oratorio Parts I – III

Kodály, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Hailstork, Christmas Canticle

With the Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra and distinguished soloists Sara LeMesh Soprano, Lucia Bradford Mezzo-Soprano, Nils Neubert Tenor, and Christopher Lau Baritone.

 

Ring in the holidays! Join us for a Sunday afternoon concert featuring selected cantatas from Bach’s Baroque masterpiece, Christmas Oratorio.  The celebration continues with Zoltan Kodály’s version of the traditional carol, Come, Oh, Come Emmanuel, and The Christmas Canticle by Adolphus Hailstork. As the auditorium lights dim and we close the concert, we invite the audience to join us in singing Silent Night.
May 13
Two Neo Classic Masterworks

Kodály Missa Brevis
Poulenc Gloria
saturday, May 13, 2023, 7:30pm

Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Let the soaring harmonies of Zoltan Kodály’s Missa Brevis wash over you.  Be transported by the intricate melodies of Francis Poulenc’s Gloria.  Please join us and our outstanding soloists and orchestra for an evening of Neoclassical wonders.

Inna Dukach Soprano
Malena Dayen Mezzo-Soprano
Pedro Sequera Tenor
Christopher Lau Bass

Mar 18
When Folklore Meets Choral

Ramírez Misa Criolla
Music from the Americas
saturday, MARCH 18, 2023, 7:30pm

Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Pedro Sequera Tenor

Oscar Vallejo Tenor

Featuring Members of the Norwalk High School Senior Chorus, Steven Oliveri, Music Director

Accompanied by Rodrigo Aranjuelo and Future Natives

Dec 11
Two Classical Gems

Mozart Solemn Vespers
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
sUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022, 4PM

Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

The Fairfield County Chorale, under the baton of Maestro David Rosenmeyer, will be joined by soloists Samarie Alicea, Soprano; Veronica Pollicino, Mezzo-Soprano; Alexei Kuznietsov, Tenor; and Enrico Lagasca, Bass-Baritone; accompanied by the Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra.

 

May 14
Handel • Messiah

Handel Messiah
saturday, May 14, 2022, 6:30pm

Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

The Fairfield County Chorale, under the baton of Maestro David Rosenmeyer, will be joined by soloists Kendra Berentsen, Soprano; Karolina Pilou, Mezzo-Soprano; Brian Giebler, Tenor; and Michael Pitocchi, Bass-Baritone; accompanied by the Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra.

Following its premiere in Dublin two weeks after Easter in 1742, Messiah quickly became a favorite oratorio throughout English speaking countries.  It is typically performed during the Christmas season, but this year the FCC is returning Handel’s most famous oratorio to its original season, the Spring.

A work of profound pain, joy, and grace, Handel’s Messiah tells the story of Jesus Christ, from the prophecy of his birth, through his death, ending triumphantly with the Resurrection.

Messiah was composed in an astonishing 24 days and was an immediate commercial success. It is a particular tour de force for the chorus, rich with extraordinary music, emotional impact, and uplifting messages.  Objectively a liturgical piece, Handel’s focus was on humanity’s earthly relationship to the Divine. The joy manifested in the Hallelujah Chorus in unequivocal. King George II was supposedly so moved during the London premiere that he stood, followed by the entire audience. The practice of audiences leaping to their feet whenever the Hallelujah Chorus is played continues to this day.

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Mar 26
A Requiem for the Pandemic

Mozart Requiem
Cabaniss Three Sabbaths
saturday, March 26, 2022, 7:30pm

Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Featuring the Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra

Our distinguished soloists:

Joy Jan Jones, Soprano

Eugenia Forteza, Mezzo-Soprano

Pedro Sequera, Tenor

Hyunsoon Kim, Baritone

Dec 12
Hailstork and Holiday Favorites

A Celebration of Adolphus Hailstork
Plus Holiday Favorites
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 4pm

Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra

Featuring:
Anthony P. McGlaun, Tenor
Jennifer Romano, Soprano and FCC Member
Ricky Davis, Baritone and former FCC President

FCC remains committed to the health of and safety of our members, performers, audience, and supporters. All participating Chorale members are fully vaccinated and wearing masks. FCC is adhering to all local covid requirements, and rigorously following all mandates from the City of Norwalk and Norwalk City Hall (NCH). NCH fans and filters have been upgraded to meet new covid-related standards. All audience members, regardless of age, must provide proof of full vaccination and identification prior to entering the auditorium; wear masks at all times and maintain social distances. FCC appreciates everyone’s commitment to caution and prudence, and thanks you for your cooperation as we strive to maintain the safest possible conditions for our live performances.

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Apr 11
Vivaldi’s Gloria
A unique digital performance of Vivaldi's choral masterpiece: GLORIA. A deconstruction. A rebuilding. A collage. A dance. A rebirth.

In December 2020, FCC reached an audience of over 3,000 across five continents with its stunning and layered digital performance “FCC Presents, Gifts”. We are thrilled to bring Vivialdi’s “Gloria” to life on screen this April 2021.

Blending tantalizing visual textures and manipulations of the camera with the vibrance of Vivaldi’s composition and elements of contemporary music, FCC’s GLORIA is a visual and auditory celebration of joy and the promise of tomorrow.

Featuring the talents of David Rosenmeyer (FCC Music Director and Conductor), Malena Dayen (Mezzo-Soprano), Troy Ogilvie (Choreographer), Rodrigo Aranjuelo (Video Designer), and the 100+ voices and faces of the Fairfield County Chorale.

We will be offering this special online event for FREE, but request a reservation is made to gain access to this event.  Please click on the Buy Ticket button to Register.