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
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
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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
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.
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 whose titles include: U.S. Senator, Connecticut State Senator, Mayor, University Professor, and a national official from Veterans’ Affairs.
2017 Hartford Premiere Performance
Community Conversations Series
Military Service Honor Roll