Our Chorale/Orchestral Masterworks History

The Hartford Chorale in concert with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Requiem by Verdi with Edward Cumming conducting.
Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. April 3, 2009


Over the years, the Chorale has given critically acclaimed performances of major choral/orchestral masterworks, including:

  • Orff’s Carmina Burana,our first performance under the baton of Carolyn Kuan
  • Beethoven’s Mass in C, our first performance under the baton of Edward Cumming
  • Verdi’s Requiem, under the direction of noted American choral conductor Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, with Yale Camerata and the University of Connecticut Festival Chorus, to commemorate Michael Lankester’s final year as the Music Director of the HSO
  • Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (March 2000), to mark the 100th anniversary of that piece’s premiere
  • Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, Durufle and Berlioz
  • Premiering works by Dave Brubeck and West Hartford composer Edward Diemente
  • Commissioning two choral/orchestral works: And Sing Eternally by Alice Parker, one of America’sfinest choral composers and a long-time collaborator of Robert Shaw; and A Symphony of Songsby Frederick Tillis, a noted classical and jazz composer from the University of Massachusetts, thesetting of which was four poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Hartford resident,Wallace Stevens
  • Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part I, with CONCORA and the HSO under Richard Coffey
  • Handel’s Messiah, as part of the HSO Masterworks Series for the first time in December 2005, to record-setting crowds; Richard Coffey conducted
  • Three performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, including a performance at Woolsey Hall in New Haven
  • Mozart’s Requiem, to observe his 250th birth anniversary; one of the performances was dedicated to the memory of Donna LeMay, a long-time Chorale member and devoted Chorale manager
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