On Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m., Danbury Concert Chorus and Danbury Community Orchestra will perform a concert, “Serenade to Music.” The program features works by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams – Toward the Unknown Region and Serenade to Music – as well as Jean Sibelius’s Symphony Number 1 and a selection of shorter choral works including movements of Frostiana by Randall Thompson and Edgar Bainton’s And I Saw a New Heaven.
Report by Paula Antolini
February 19, 2016 9:54AM EDT
Image above: Danbury Community Orchestra, directed by Stephen Michael Smith
Free Event: ‘Serenade to Music’ at WestConn, Danbury Concert Chorus and Community Orchestra, Feb. 28
On Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m., Danbury Concert Chorus and Danbury Community Orchestra will perform a concert, “Serenade to Music.”
The program features works by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams – Toward the Unknown Region and Serenade to Music – as well as Jean Sibelius’s Symphony Number 1 and a selection of shorter choral works including movements of Frostiana by Randall Thompson and Edgar Bainton’s And I Saw a New Heaven.
The concert will take place at Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall. Thanks to generous support from the Danbury Cultural Commission and the City of Danbury, and Robert and Susan Payne, admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
Image above: Christine Howlett, Conductor of Danbury Concert Chorus
Danbury Concert Chorus is directed by Christine R. Howlett; Danbury Community Orchestra is directed by Stephen Michael Smith. These accomplished conductors will lead their own ensembles and will each lead one of the works by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Four vocal soloists will be featured on the concert: Gileann Tan, soprano; Louise Carrozza, alto; Daniel Young, tenor; and Timothy Koch, bass.
Image above: Gileann Tan, junior Music Major at Vassar College
Gileann Tan is a junior Music Major at Vassar College, where she recently sang the role of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. This August, she will be attending SongFest’s Studio Artist Program in Los Angeles, where she will study languages and art song. She plans on pursuing a career in performance after graduation.
Image above: Louise Carrozza, senior at Western Connecticut State University
Louise Carrozza is a senior at Western Connecticut State University. She will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. A Meriden native, she has been singing in choirs in church, school, and the community for most of her life. She is a Cantor at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Meriden, and also serves as Alto Section Leader in the Adult Choir at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Danbury.
Image above: Daniel Young, third year Music Major with a Creative Writing Minor at Vassar College
Daniel Young is a third year Music Major with a Creative Writing Minor at Vassar College. He sings with the Vassar Madrigal Singers and VCC on campus, as well as the Choir of Saints and Friends in New York. Aside from singing, Daniel composes folk music and has served as a musical director in several student theater performances on campus.
Tim Koch is a choral singer with decades of church and regional choir participation, including solo and bass section leader responsibilities. Highlights include the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in June 2015 for the premiere of Julian Revie’s (Yale composer in residence) Mass of the Divine Shepherd, which was also performed in part during the Pope’s visit last year while in Philadelphia. Mr. Koch currently sings as a section leader at 1st Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT, and previously as section leader and soloist at 1st Congregational Church and St Joseph’s, both in Danbury, CT. Tim is a resident of Danbury, CT and is currently self-employed in the construction industry after a successful 25-year career in the printing industry. He is also caretaker of 1st Congregational Church in Danbury, CT.
This year, Danbury Music Centre celebrates its 80th anniversary season of providing classical music for the greater Danbury area. The February 28th concert of Danbury Concert Chorus and Danbury Community Orchestra marks the first time that these ensembles – both part of Danbury Music Centre – have collaborated in performance. This collaboration illustrates the spirit of Danbury Music Centre’s 80th anniversary, by celebrating the organization’s long history through innovative programming and partnership.
For more information about this concert or other events during Danbury Music Centre’s vibrant 80th anniversary season, visit danburymusiccentre.org or call 203-748-1716.