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American Made

Location: Connecticut, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed

Connecticut Chamber Choir announces its spring concert, American Made, Sunday, May 4, St. Theresa Church, Trumbull, CT, 4:00 p.m. The concert features recent choral works by contemporary American composers including Trumbull resident and CCC member Benjamin Doyle McCormack, and the New England premier of The Tempest, by Elizabeth Lim. Special guest artists Christopher Judd, baritone, and William R. Braun, piano, will present songs of Kurt Weill and Maury Yeston.

Under the direction of Constance Chase since 2008, Connecticut Chamber Choir is an auditioned ensemble of professional and dedicated avocational musicians from throughout the state of Connecticut. The Choir has established itself as one of the region’s premier vocal ensembles through bi-annual performances of significant choral repertoire, spanning the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Since its inception, Connecticut Chamber Choir has dedicated itself to a tradition of excellence through inspired performance.


Guest Artist, Christopher Judd

Christopher Judd, baritone, has performed solo recitals throughout the United States. His operatic roles have taken him to Spoleto Festival USA and Berkshire Opera Theater. An active choral artist, currently at Riverside Church and formerly at Trinity Wall Street in New York City, he has performed with The New York Philharmonic, Princeton Pro Musica, and on national tour with Andrea Bocelli. He is a founding member and Production Manager of Kinnara Ensemble, a burgeoning twenty-eight-voice professional chamber choir based in the Princeton, NJ area.


Guest Artist, William R. Braun

Pianist William Braun made his New York debut in two concerts given with the singers Dawn Upshaw and Richard Lalli in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Arts “Vienna: 1900” exhibition.  He has performed as concerto soloist with the New World Symphony (Miami), the Florida West Coast Symphony (Sarasota), and the New Haven and Waterbury Symphonies.  He is the pianist of the Wall Street Chamber Players and of the New Haven Symphony.  A prolific writer, he has had Opera News cover stories on Ian Bostridge, Christine Brewer, John Adams, Peter Sellars and Dawn Upshaw.  Opera News has also published his interviews with Birgit Nilsson, Gerald Finley, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philip Glass, Alan Gilbert, Thomas Allen and Andrew Porter, as well as over two hundred other pieces.  He earned his doctorate in piano from Yale in 1990.

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