Letter from Italy, 1944
A co-production of the Hartford Chorale and the GMChorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Joseph D’Eugenio, conducting

Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell

A soldier’s story told in music: This oratorio is set against the heroic background of the elite 10th Mountain Division’s epic WWII battles. Grammy-nominated Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s lush, varied score brings to life the true story of a soldier and his family bravely facing PTSD in this timely, semi-staged work. A co-production of the GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, the concert features Jack Anthony Pott as the young medic, father, and physician – a role he created in the highly praised 2013 premiere of this work. Joseph D’Eugenio, GMChorale Artistic Director, will lead the two chorales, soloists, and the Hartford Symphony in this riveting production.

Tickets available only through The Bushnell Box Office
https://bushnell.org/events/letter-italy-1944

For Groups of 10 or more – click here for “LFI Group Sales flyer”

Hartford Premiere Production:
Artistic Director and Conductor – Joseph D’Eugenio
Theater Director (Stage Director) – Alan Mann
Music Director, Hartford Chorale – Richard Coffey
With the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan, Music Director
Starring Jack Anthony Pott as Dr. John K. Meneely of the 10th Mountain Division

Background –

Letter from Italy, 1944, by American composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder, was commissioned and premiered by the GMChorale in April 2013 at the Performing Arts Center in Middletown, CT. Conducted by Joseph D’Eugenio, this performance was fully staged by director Sheila Garvey, with projections and lighting design by Jiyoun Chang and Sheila Garvey.

This oratorio was inspired by and set to the poetry of Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely and the book by Joseph D’Eugenio, and is scored for chorus, orchestra and soloists. The storyline focuses on the problem now affecting so many returning military and their families – PTSD. It also affected the Meneely family when their father returned from his WWII service as a medic with the 10th Mountain Division.

Much More than a Single Performance!

Veterans Engagement Program
We are joining forces with Veteran Organizations to offer as many complimentary tickets as we can to veterans – made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Many who have served in the military suffer from PTSD. We offer Letter from Italy, 1944, a story of both struggle and hope, as a way toward understanding and a better future for those who have served so bravely. In addition, we are compiling a Veterans’ Honor Roll for families and friends to acknowledge veterans in their families and communities.

Community Conversations Series
A series of eight community events will be featured between January and April of 2017 to further promote Letter from Italy, 1944 and our sponsors including: three screenings of the documentary with discussion, four educational lectures on PTSD, poetry readings created from Dr. Meneely’s letters and an exhibition of original sources, including photos and letters. Click here for a list of the events.

Military Honor Roll
As part of the collaboration between GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, we are collecting the names of service personnel for our Letter from Italy, 1944 – Military Service Honor Roll. These individuals will be acknowledged and honored in a special, commemorative document that will be included with the program book and featured on each Chorale’s website. For $25, the name of your designee will be listed, along with his/her rank, branch of military service, commendations (if any) and current status. In addition, your name will be recognized in the program book as a donor. You may submit as many honorees as you wish and we look forward to recognizing those who have served, both past and present. To download the form and contribute to this effort, click here.

The Honorary Board
To increase exposure, publicity and recognition of this project, we have secured commitments from many prominent individuals to participate on our Honorary Board. These individuals’ titles include U.S. Senator, Connecticut State Senator, Mayor, University Professor, and a national official from Veterans’ Affairs.

Senator Bob Dole, retired United States Senator from Kansas; Lieutenant (retired), 10th Mountain Division

Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator from Connecticut

Senator Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from Connecticut

The Honorable Doctor Linda Schwartz, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, U.S. Representative for Connecticut, 5th district

Colonel Philip Cacciola, retired, Trustee, Connecticut Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs

Len Suzio, State Senator, CT district 13

The Honorable Luke Bronin, Mayor, Hartford, CT

The Honorable Daniel Drew, Mayor, Middletown, CT

Lawrence McHugh, President, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, UConn

Professor Ronald Schatz, Professor of History, Wesleyan University

GoFundMe Campaign

22 Veterans with PTSD commit suicide each day in the US. Hundreds of thousands more are struggling with this terrible aftermath of war. PTSD grievously affects too many of our nation’s heroic veterans, their families and ultimately all of us.

The collaborating 501(c)(3) non-profit producers of Letter from Italy, 1944, GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, need to raise $50,000 to support the $150,000 production costs associated with this performance.

Your donation will partially support free tickets for veterans and their families, a Military Service Honor Roll Book for each attendee, and a series of Community Conversations centering on PTSD, in addition to the profoundly poignant two-hour musical.

Even a $5 donation greatly helps fund this project. The synergy of generosity combines your gift with other contributions, allowing us to offer even more complimentary tickets to worthy veterans!

To view a very powerful video posted on our GoFundMe campaign, and more detailed information about this very important project, please visit: www.GoFundMe.com/LetterFromItaly1944

Sponsorship Opportunities

Here is your opportunity to be a Sponsor of the Hartford premiere of Letter from Italy, 1944, a joint collaboration between the Hartford Chorale and the GMChorale, accompanied by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, on May 4, 2017 at The Bushnell’s magnificent nearly 3,000 seat Mortensen Hall.

Letter from Italy, 1944, is a dramatic musical that was originally commissioned and premiered by the GMChorale to great acclaim in 2013. It is based on the true story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a highly decorated regimental surgeon in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, who suffered from what we now know to be PTSD upon his return to the States.

Based on the letters Major Meneely wrote home to his wife during World War II, his daughters recently adapted them into the poetry and music that has further evolved into Letter from Italy, 1944. A documentary about this project, narrated by Meryl Streep, won a 2016 Emmy Award.

Because this performance is a magnificent choral/orchestral and visual experience for the audience, and is a very moving and powerful project, we would like to have as many Veterans as possible to attend the Hartford Premiere free of charge with the support from our Sponsors.

SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Verbal Acknowledgement from the Concert Stage
Full Page Program Ad with Premium Placement
Projection of Your Logo to Our Audience from The Bushnell Stage
Your Logo Featured on both Chorales’ Websites with a Link to Yours
Customized Posts on Both Chorales’ Social Media Outlets
Acknowledgement for Sponsoring Complimentary Tickets to Members of Worthy Veteran Organizations
Advance Exposure at Other Associated Events – Community Conversations Series
Complimentary Tickets to the Premiere Performance and Post-Premiere Reception
For complete information download our sponsorship packet.

Advertising Opportunities

BECOME AN ADVERTISER – REACH A NEW AUDIENCE!
Here is your opportunity to promote your business at the Hartford premiere of Letter from Italy, 1944, a joint collaboration between the Hartford Chorale and the GMChorale, accompanied by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, on May 4, 2017 at The Bushnell’s magnificent nearly 3,000 seat Mortensen Hall.

Letter from Italy, 1944 – is a dramatic musical that was originally commissioned and premiered by the GMChorale to great acclaim in 2013. It is based on the true story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a highly decorated regimental surgeon in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, who suffered from what we now know to be PTSD upon his return to the States.

Based on the letters Major Meneely wrote home to his wife during World War II, his daughters recently adapted them into the poetry and music that has further evolved into Letter from Italy, 1944. A documentary about this project, narrated by Meryl Streep, won a 2016 Emmy Award.

Because this performance is a magnificent choral/orchestral and visual experience for the audience, and is a very moving and powerful project, we would like to have as many Veterans as possible to attend the Hartford Premiere free of charge with the support from our Advertisers.

For complete information download our advertising packet.

DVD Sales
The documentary film Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio, from Karyl Evans and narrated by Meryl Streep, is available on DVD from the GM Chorale’s website. The concert DVD from the World Premiere performance in 2013 is also available.

 
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