The lyrical and moving Requiem by Gabriel Fauré will be the featured work on Sunday, June 10th, when the Sherman Chamber Ensemble and The Kent Singers join forces for their first- ever collaborative concert. The concert will take place at 3:00 PM in the Chapel on the grounds of the Kent School in Kent, CT. Also on the program will be and a second piece by Fauré, his student composition Cantique de Jean Racine. The Chamber Ensemble will also perform Ravel’s Sonatine in an arrangement for flute, harp and cello, and the soprano soloist will sing in Bach’s Cantata #115 with the Ensemble. Dr. John King will be conducting the concert.
“We are very pleased to be collaborating this year with The Kent Singers,” says SCE Artistic Director Eliot Bailen. “SCE is celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2012, and the Kent Singers will be entering its 40th year of music making in Northwest Connecticut this coming Fall season. It’s about time we combined our instrumental and vocal talents!”
Admission is $20 per person, and tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance online at www.shermanchamberensemble.org. For reservations, contact SCE at 860-355-5930 or firstname.lastname@example.org or The Kent Singers at 860-619-8110 or email@example.com.
The Kent Singers, a small auditioned group of amateur singers, has been bringing high quality choral performances to the Kent community and to northwest Connecticut for 39 years. The group is known for its clean, finely pitched sound. Since the fall of 2008, the group has been performing mostly a capella under the direction of members with experience conducting. Kent Singers programs have included early music, baroque, classical and modern works, both sacred and secular.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2012, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble was founded in 1983 to bring world-class live classical music performance to Western Connecticut. Its signature summer chamber music series (to take place this year on July 6 and 7, August 10 and 11 and August 31 and September 1) has been described in The New York Times as “about as close as it gets to the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert.” The June 10th concert is only part of what promises to be an exciting year of music with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. The entire community is invited to save the date for a fun-filled anniversary celebration of music, food and fun for all ages on June 30 on the Sherman Town Green. Other plans include Labor Day weekend bluegrass jamborees; the annual “Live at the Lake” coffeehouse; Thanksgiving weekend free jazz matinee performances; a Messiah Sing-in at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent; activities for children and families and much more. Subscription tickets for the 3-concert summer series are now available for $50. Support for this season comes from many generous individual donors, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, private foundations and local businesses. For more information, contact the Sherman Chamber Ensemble at P.O. Box 578, Sherman, CT 06784, online at www.shermanchamberensemble.org or by phone at 860-355-5930.