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Auditions open for Connecticut Master Chorale; rehearsals start Sept. 6

August 29, 2016 GMT

The Connecticut Master Chorale, which is entering its 18th year, announces auditions for its upcoming 2016-2017 concerts.

This new season includes the annual Holiday Prelude Concert in November, which will feature “A Dave Brubeck Christmas,” works by John Rutter, John Williams, Idina Menzel, and Dan Forrest, music for Hanukkah and Advent, lullabies, multicultural numbers, gospel, and other festive selections.

In April, the Spring Concert will feature a new major work by John Rutter, “The Gift of Life,” and “Misa a Buenos Aires,” by Martin Palmeri.

Both concerts will be held at the First Congregational Church in Danbury. The Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass will provide accompaniment at the November event, and the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra will do the same in the spring.

Founded in 1999 by Music Director and Conductor Tina Johns Heidrich, the Connecticut Master Chorale is an ensemble of 55 auditioned singers. Critics have said its audiences can expect “first rate singing from a first rate chorale,” and that its members have “firmly established themselves as the leading vocal group in the area,” according to a news release.

The Connecticut Master Chorale’s accomplishments include a Christmas concert at the White House, a United States premiere performance at Lincoln Center, three Carnegie Hall concerts, as well as concerts at West Point, Madison Square Garden, and with the Ridgefield Symphony — all by invitation.

It has also appeared on ABC television and its recordings had been featured on WMNR Fine Arts Radio in Connecticut, the news release said.

Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings in Southbury, and begin Sept. 6. Auditions are by appointment. To schedule an audition, e-mail info@cmchorale.org or call 203-775-2602. For further details, visit cmchorale.org