Mass for the Homeless
Date: February 20, 2014
Location: Connecticut, USA
On Saturday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m., the Greater Middletown Chorale will present Mass for the Homeless, featuring the Connecticut Premiere of Henry Mollicone’s The Beatitude Mass along with a selection of works by Beethoven, Bach, Brahms and Vaughan Williams, at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, 200 La Rosa Lane. Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio will conduct the ensemble and chamber orchestra with Allan Conway accompanying.
Mollicone’s choral work, first performed in 2006, will be presented in partnership with and recognition of the Middletown missions of St. Vincent de Paul and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. The Mass is a moving, beautiful work that juxtaposes the traditional language of the Latin Mass with English texts taken from interviews with people living in homeless shelters. According to a reviewer, “…the Beatitude Mass draws on his exceptional musical gifts of melody and harmony to exalt the simple, anguished words of homeless people into haunting and moving expressions.”
This concert will be part of an inspiring weekend event to raise awareness and give voice to an issue important to the entire community. In addition to the GMC performance, May 3rd will feature a pre-concert lecture by Composer Henry Mollicone and a gallery showing of St. Vincent de Paul Middletown patron portraits by artist Abby Carter. The weekend will culminate with the Walk Against Hunger on Sunday, May 4th, in Hartford. See www.gmchorale.org for more information and tickets or call (860) 316-4854.