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Friday, March 11, 2011, 8:00PM, St Joseph Cathedral, Hartford, CT - On the first Friday of Lent, Sacred Sounds, through the extreme generosity of an anonymous donor, presented the program, Sorrowful Songs - Henryk Gorecki's Totus Tuus and Symphony No. 3. The Cathedral's own choir performed the choral piece, Totus Tuus, composed by Henryk Gorecki in honor of our late beloved Pope John Paul II. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor William Boughton, followed with Gorecki's masterpiece Symphony No. 3. Accompanying The New Haven Symphony Orchestra was Argentina's internationally recognized soprano, Paula Almerares. Ms. Almerares has performed at many of the most prestigious venues around the globe including the Metropolitan Opera, and has worked with numerous noted singers including Placido Domingo. Her presence at St Joseph Cathedral, along with the beautiful sounds of The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, was a blessing for those in attendance. The evening stared with a very strong choral piece, Totus Tuus, by the Cathedral Choir. The performance, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Douma, was stirring and showcased the choral excellence resident in our own setting throughout the Liturgical Year. The juried choir is made up of the finest local singers, many of whom have a professional background of their own. The Cathedral Choir's performance of such an important piece of music along side The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ms. Almerares, brought a tremendous sense of pride to the Cathedral community. Special lighting of the Cathedral to reflect the somber mood of the evening's performance and illuminate the Stations of the Cross was designed and arranged by Pattilynn Conard of the Cathedral. Blue spotlights, in honor of Mary, were placed at the base of each column within the nave, and as the lights reached for the starry ceiling some 100 feet above the floor, the night sky hung quietly over the Sacred Sound patrons. Lighting on the altar Crucifix and the Cathedral's famous ceramic reredos, Our Savior in Glory, provided a focus point for contemplation during the musical performance. The ambiance was very unique and appropriate for the evening. Thanks are due once again to Dr. Ezequiel Menendez, Archdiocese of Hartford Director of Music, for bringing to the Diocese and the greater Hartford area the finest in sacred music, choral sounds and symphony performances. Supported by private donations and goodwill offerings, Sacred Sounds rivals the experience music lovers enjoy through season subscriptions to professional orchestra houses. We at the Cathedral are fortunate to be able to play host to such a fine program and series of concerts. Please continue to support Sacred Sounds! More information on Henryk Gorecki can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_G%C3%B3recki
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