2nd Annual Choral Festival

What a Concert! 2nd Annual Community Choral Festival - March 6, 4:00 PM, United Congregational Church, Bridgeport



What a wonderful concert! Many thanks for participating. Approximately 650 attendees including our 200 singers in the choirs. Over $2,000 was raised after expenses for the Norma F. Pfriem Urban Outreach Initiatives launch. With the help of so many we have been able to raise awareness of this new outreach program.  

A special thank you to our guest conductors Connie Chase, Dr. Carolina Flores, Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, Frank Martignetti, and guest musicians David Harris, Dr. John Michniewicz, Galen Tate, Jeffrey Wood and Dr. Joe Utterback. We heard so many wonderful comments from our singers, choir directors and audience members on how much they got from the rehearsals and performance working with each of you. The choices of music  for the massed choir and the individual pieces illustrated the wonderful colors of our combined talents. Meg Williams, Traci Galla, Dr. John Michniewicz, Jan Gregory and Jonathan Berryman, thank you for preparing your individual choirs to perform too.

Enjoy the photos and video segments.

John Polo, Connie Chase, Dr. John Michniewicz, Rev. Sara D. Smith


Photo Gallery
https://picasaweb.google.com/jp0753/2ndAnnualAGOCommunityChoralFestival?feat=directlink
 

YouTube Video Clips

Prelude — Variations on an Easter Theme, (John Rutter), Galen Tate, Jeffrey Wood, dual organists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lFrbDsOD6A
 
Welcome, About Our Program, Rev. Sara D. Smith, John Polo, Constance Chase
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbTynBmrD3M

Improvisation—Hymn to Joy, Dr. John Michniewicz, organist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ineoTwSsXAg 

*Processional Hymn— Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (see insert),(Ludwig Beethoven), Constance Chase, director; Dr. John Michniewicz, organist

Femina Melodia Drummers, Jan Gregory, director
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5MPxejRE3I

Come, O Come, Our Voices Raise, (Alec Wyton), Frank Martignetti, director; Dr. John Michniewicz, organist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abHZEDjLqeE

Psalm 150, (Cesar Franck), Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, director; Galen Tate, organist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTW13pvL1mc
 

*Bring Many Names (see insert), (Brian Wren), Dr. Carolina Flores, director; David Harris, organist

Light a Candle, (Marta Keen)— Norma Pfriem Children’s Choir, Delia Motavalli, Anika Vanderwal, duet; Traci Galla, director
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NTdp0gC0bM

Come Away to the Skies (Paul Halley) — United Congregational Church, Bridgeport, Allegra DeVita, soloist, Dr. John Michniewicz, director
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRBVF2_LgpE

Gloria (Guillaume Dufay) —Femina Melodia, Jan Gregory, director
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vR25ftZL3I

*For The Healing of the Nation (see insert), (Henry Purcell), Frank Martignetti, director; Galen Tate, organist       

This Little Light of MineRev Sara Smith/Congregation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsR4XUPjfiU

Message—Community of Hope, Rev. Sara D. Smith, Esq
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRWYkahPt58

Singing Hallelujah All Day (Eddie Robinson)Messiah Baptist Church, Bridgeport, Jonathan Berryman, director
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-ghzGo5pck

Followers of the Lamb (Shaker Melody, arr. Robert Wetzler- Stratford Methodist Church, Rev. Meg Williams, director
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df-cig_aaKo

Verleih uns Frieden (Grant Us Peace  -Felix Mendelssohn), Dr. Carolina Flores, director; Jeffrey Wood, organist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jpzHNESnd0

Verleih uns Frieden
gnädlich, Herr Gott, zu unsern Zeiten!

Lord, in thy mercy
grant us peace throughout all generations;

 Es ist doch ja kein
Andrer nich, Der für uns könnte streiten,

Thou art alone our
sword and shield, Lord who dost guide the nations.

 Denn du, unser Gott
alleine.

Defend us, O God,
we pray thee.

 

Like A Mighty Stream (Moses Hogan), Constance Chase, director; Dr. Joe Utterback, pianist; Dr. John Michniewicz, organist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmDByD3VlQw

*Recessional HymnGod of the Ages (see insert  -George Warren), Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, director; Jeffrey Wood, organist 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p00LT_wdL8c

 Postlude— Allegro assai Vivace from Sonata I (Felix Mendelssohn), Jeffrey Wood, organist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql_yuNQz2NE

 

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