Message to Membership, April 4, 2024

Message from the Music Director

Dear Chorale,


The finish line is near! I hope you all enjoyed your Monday night off this past week and also are still taking the time to review your music so nothing feels rusty. On Monday night we welcome Jacomo Bairos (guest conductor) to our rehearsal at St. James’s. I know you will enjoy working with him. As I have mentioned many times throughout these rehearsals, we need to be flexible with whatever he wants to do (tempo, interpretation, etc). The only way you can be flexible is if you are out of your music and looking up as much as possible. To that end, the plan is to give him what we have worked on and let him decide if it is what he wants.

It is a good thing that we all like each other, because the Production Week schedule has us together every day except Tuesday. Please make sure you are physically and mentally ready for what lies ahead!


No rest for the weary, because on April 15 we start rehearsals for our final concert of the season, featuring the amazing music of Gabriel Fauré. All Edit Masters and the Information document are now uploaded to the website. There is a beauty and gentleness that runs throughout his music, and we will need to figure out what that means for us as an ensemble.


Upcoming Schedule

Production Week:

Monday, April 8, St. James’s

6:30pm – Faure Score Distribution

7:00 – 9:00pm Sitzprobe with Maestro Jacomo Bairos

Wednesday, April 10, Belding Theater

6:30pm call for seating

7:00-9:30pm Rehearsal with orchestra (depending on rehearsal order, we may get out earlier than 9:30pm)

Thursday, April 11, Belding Theater

6:30pm call for seating

7:00-9:30pm Dress Rehearsal with orchestra & soloists


Friday, April 12, 8:00pm, Belding Theater (call 7:00pm)

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 8:00pm, Belding Theater (call 7:00pm)

Sunday, April 14, 2024, 3:00pm, Belding Theater (call 2:00pm


Message from the Executive Director

Dear Chorale,

Scores for Faure will be available on Monday, April 8th beginning at 6:30 PM. Please be prepared to purchase scores for $20 with a check, card, or cash.

Concert Reminders:

Please wear standard concert dress for the performances — refer to the members page for more information. Concert dress is NOT required for dress rehearsals. 

Please see the image attached for parking instructions at the Bushnell.

After the final performance on Sunday, please see a librarian backstage prior to leaving to drop off your borrowed scores.

Please take note of the call times on the schedule provided above.

Tickets for the Vivaldi concert are available on the HSO’s website. The discount code that Hartford Chorale members and friends can use is HSOHC2023 — this code can be applied to other performances as well. Please read more about this below. The flyer for this concert is attached to this email, please share and help us fill seats!

**Another email will be sent on Tuesday 4/9 with reminders for dress rehearsals and performances.

Program Ad Forms are available for our May Concert and are due April 30th. Please reach out to local businesses that you frequent to see if they want to purchase an ad and support Hartford Chorale!!

Enjoy your weekend! I will see you all on Monday!


Messages from our Friends

Farmington Valley Chorale

Handel’s Joseph and His Brethren

St. Joseph/St. Anthony in Hartford

April 6, 2024 – 7 PM

Mark your calendars! The Farmington Valley Chorale is pleased to present, for the first time in Connecticut, the wonderfully dramatic “Joseph and his Brethren” by G.F. Handel! Guest Artists will include UConn’s Collegium Musicum, Ensemble Origo and outstanding professional soloists. This will be a concert not to be missed in the glorious St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church in Hartford! Tickets may be purchased online, at the door, or from any Farmington Valley Chorale member.