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Connecticut Master Chorale presents 20th annual Spring Concert in Danbury

March 22, 2019

The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will present its 20th annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 7, at the First Congregational Church in Danbury.

The program will feature a new work, “Requiem for Solace,” by Kim André Arnesen and three works by Dan Forrest: “Te Deum,” “In Paradisum” and “Psalm of Ascension.”

“Requiem for Solace,” intended to bring comfort and hope to the living, combines Latin texts with a poem by Emily Dickinson and a traditional Jewish prayer, according to the a news release.

“This is exquisite music, filled with drama, that is deeply moving and lyrical,” the Chorale said. “From the very first moments one is drawn into the beauty of the work, beginning with the opening ‘Requiem Aeternum.’ to the vibrance and energy of the ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Sanctus,’ and a sublime ‘Pie Jesu,’ ending with the touching peacefulness of ‘We Remember Them.’ ”

Forrest, a Chorale favorite, has had his music described as “full of spine-tingling moments.” “This is our response to those who enjoyed the previous Chorale concerts with his “Requiem for the Living” in 2015 and “Jubilate Deo!” in 2018 and have made many requests for more Dan Forrest.”

The Chorale will be accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and Joseph Jacovino, Jr. on organ.

First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury. on Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m. $25 door, $20 advance. 203-740-9533.