Written by Dwight Bachman
Willimantic, Conn: -- More than 200 singers and orchestra members from more than 20 ensembles across Connecticut, including Eastern Connecticut State University's Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, will combine to present a memorial concert on Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church at 99 Jackson St. in Willimantic in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The public is invited. Admission is free; however, donations will be collected at the door.
The concert, organized by David Belles, professor of music at Eastern, will present Faure's "Requiem" and other selections. Eastern's Chamber Singers and members of Guilford High School Chamber Singers will also perform "There Will be Rest" by Frank Tichelli. Some of the groups performing include Willimantic-based Renaissance Revival; Norwich Diocesan Choir; Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut; Vernon Chorale; Mystic River Chorale; Greater Middletown Chorale; E.O. Smith High School; Guilford High School; Hartford Gay Men's Chorus; Hartford Chorale; Hartford-based CONCORA AND VOCE, two professional choirs; Storrs Congregational Church; St. Mark's Chapel; and the Storrs and the Putnam Congregational Church.
Eastern Performing Arts Professor Anthony Cornicello will compose a work for organ to be dedicated and premiered during the concert, and the Willimantic-based Thread City Brass Quintet will perform prelude music.