An enthusiastic crowd of more than 700 Greenwich Choral Society and "big band" fans gathered at Norwalk Concert Hall on Valentine's Day for a swinging afternoon of music by George Gershwin, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and others. Ryan Keberle and his jazz orchestra with baritone Edward Pleasant and the chorus raised the roof with familiar tunes and arrangements loved by all.
This biennial benefit, which featured a silent auction, generated more than $18,000 and profits will be used to help underwrite the costs of annual concert production, the scholarship program and educational outreach. The winner of The Nathalie Rutherford Scholarship Award, open to any senior attending school in Fairfield or Westchester County intending to pursue further study in vocal or choral music, will be announced at our May 23 concert, described below.
The remainder of the GCS 2009-2010 season includes "Music From a French Cathedral" this Sunday at Christ Church Greenwich, featuring beautiful and evocative choral works from French masters such as Gabriel Faure, Francis Poulenc, Louis Vierne and others. Then, on May 23 at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, the Greenwich Choral Society will present Verdi's great choral masterpiece, "Messa da Requiem," performed by chorus, full orchestra and soloists -- one of the most powerful and melodic choral works ever composed.
Tickets for the March concert are $25/$35 and can be obtained on line at www.GreenwichChoralSociety.org, e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 203-622-5136. May concert tickets, except those ordered by GCS season subscribers, must be purchased directly from the Palace Theatre box office or by calling 203-325-4466.