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Danbury Chorus, Orchestra Brings 'Serenade to Music' To Arts Center

Danbury Concert Chorus
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DANBURY, Conn. -- The Danbury Concert Chorus and Danbury Community Orchestra will perform a concert, “Serenade to Music” Sunday, Feb. 28 at Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Works by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, "Toward the Unknown Region" and "Serenade to Music," Jean Sibelius’s "Symphony Number 1" and a selection of shorter choral works including movements of "Frostiana" by Randall Thompson and Edgar Bainton’s "And I Saw a New Heaven" will be featured.

The free concert is open to the public.

Danbury Concert Chorus is directed by Christine R. Howlett. Danbury Community Orchestra is directed by Stephen Michael Smith.

These conductors will lead their own ensembles and will each lead one of the works by Ralph Vaughn Williams.Four vocal soloists will be featured: Gileann Tan, soprano; Louise Carrozza, alto; Daniel Young, tenor; and Timothy Koch, bass.

Gileann Tan is a junior Music Major at Vassar College, where she recently sang the role of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Louise Carrozza is a senior at Western Connecticut State University. She will graduate in May with a B.S. in music education.

Daniel Young is a third year music major with a creative writing minor at Vassar College. He sings with the Vassar Madrigal Singers and VCC on campus, as well as the Choir of Saints and Friends in New York.

Tim Koch is a choral singer with decades of church and regional choir participation, including solo and bass section leader responsibilities. Highlights include the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in June 2015 for the premiere of Julian Revie’s (Yale composer in residence) Mass of the Divine Shepherd, which was also performed in part during the Pope’s visit last year while in Philadelphia. Koch currently sings as a section leader at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich.

The Danbury Music Centre celebrates its 80th anniversary season.

The free concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury.

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