Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. - More than 100 singers and instrumentalists from ensembles across Connecticut came together at St. Joseph's Church for the Second Annual Sandy Hook Memorial Concert on Sunday, Jan. 12. The event raised $718 for the Victoria Leigh Soto Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which supports Eastern students with financial need who are studying to become teachers.
In his opening remarks, Eastern Professor of Music David Belles said, "We use music to celebrate, to mourn, to comfort, to reflect, to entertain, to educate," said Belles. "The reasons we come to music, as performers or listeners, are vast and varied."
Following prelude music by Michael McCarthy, organist and director of music at St. Joseph's Church, the choral and orchestral ensembles performed Gabriel Faure's "Requiem." Belles conducted the performance, with Emily Riggs, soprano, and Daniel Pavone, baritone, as featured singers.
Musicians and singers performing at the event included members of the Eastern Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, the Mystic River Chorale, Hartford Chorale, Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut, Storrs Congregational Church, St. Mary's Church Choir, Windham Theatre Guild Chorus, Glastonbury First Congregational Church, Eastern Concert Band, Willimantic Orchestra, UCONN Community Division, and Glastonbury High School.