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Sarah M. Kyder

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Review for Greater Middletown Chorale Inc, Middletown, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

It was my profound honor to have been commissioned by the GMChorale in 2011 as its Composer-in Residence to write Letter From Italy, 1944. Not only does this oratorio recognize my father’s life before, during and after WW11, but it also reaches out to the current widespread veteran community that is suffering from the devastating impact of PTSD either during embattlement or upon returning home.
The chorale has become one of the leading choruses in Connecticut under the brilliant leadership of Joseph D’Eugenio, who is able and willing to engage whatever choral technique to suit the music at hand, though I most love the chorales’ signature robust sound.
I spoke to the Concert Mistress of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra after the performance of the Mozart Requiem in 2015. She noted that in her five years of collaboration with the chorale, she felt that the group had strengthened exponentially in both vocal technique and expression. She found this particular choral performance superb. I absolutely agree.
The programming is always novel and engaging. Most recently, the coupling of Chichester Psalms by Bernstein with Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn was somehow perfect, as was the compelling performance of two works so different in character and the timing in musical history during which they were written
Finally, beyond the music, what I love most about this group is the joy that is evident in all that they do.
--Sarah Meneely-Kyder--

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Review for Greater Middletown Chorale Inc, Middletown, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently composer ln Residence of the Greater Middletown Chorale, under commission to write a full-scale oratotio that will be performed in 2013. It is my unequivocal delight to write this recommendation. Under the direction of the recently heralded artistic director and conductor, Joseph D'Eugenio, GMC has become one of the most deeply respected choruses in CT. Maestro D'Eugenio, both a gifted musician and a gifted human being, is able to interface extremely high expectations with patience,humor, and evident love for the group. The singers are responsive, enthusiastic, and absolutely committed to every undertaking. All performances are of the highest quality. Beyond the music, there is an underlying current of warmth, rare and infectious, that is felt palpably by all who come into contact with GMC. I feel that I am theirs and they are mine. Need I say more?

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