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Congregational Church Of New Canaan Staging Gala Benefit Concert

Congregational Church of New Canaan's choir. The community is invited to a free gala benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at The Congregational Church of New Canaan, 23 Park St.
Congregational Church of New Canaan's choir. The community is invited to a free gala benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at The Congregational Church of New Canaan, 23 Park St. Photo Credit: Congregational Church of New Canaan website

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The community is invited to a gala benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at The Congregational Church of New Canaan, 23 Park St.

There is no admission charge for this event.

The program will include a variety of music for all ages and musical tastes. Broadway, opera, jazz, and popular repertoire will be presented by the Chancel Choir, its professional section leaders, and the Spirit Singers and Joyful Noise choirs.

The benefit is now in its 10th year and is organized by director of music ministries Jo Deen Blaine Davis.

“This is a great way to enjoy fellowship and musical favorites, and to highlight the abundance of extraordinary local musical talent," she said. "It’s an evening that old and young alike will enjoy.”

Solos will be performed by the church’s professional section leaders Nancy Upton, Anne Maguire, Antonio Abate, Aram Tchobanian, Andy Berry, and Antonio Watts, some of whom have sung solo and title roles at The Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, as well as oratorio and solo work with orchestras and theater companies throughout the United States and Europe. Also included are sopranos Claire Stadtmueller and director of children’s music, Noëlle Francis.

A freewill offering will be taken, with proceeds benefitting the church’s Mary Bradley Clarke music fund. The fund was established in 1973 by the wife of former minister the Rev. Merrill Fowler Clarke to provide singers and instrumentalists for special musical programs held at the church throughout the year.

A reception in Smith Hall will follow after the concert, hosted by the church’s Music Ministry Team.

For more information, contact Dr. Davis at music@godsacre.org, call 203-966-2651, Ext. 4, or click here .

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