Bruce Porter Music Series continues

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Hartt School of Music Chorale and Hartt Chamber Choir to perform on the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series, 4 p.m., Sunday, March 10.

Sing on! The Hartt Chamber Choir, under the direction of Edward Bolkovac, will be joined by the Hartt Chorale, under the direction of Benjamin Rauch, in an eclectic program that includes exquisite works from the Renaissance period, Schubert’s charming Mass in G, as well as modern works by Christopher Theofanidis, Pierre Villette, and Eric Barnum, and some settings of spirituals by Moses Hogan and Carol Barnett. A splendid choral offering not to be missed.

The Hartt Chorale is a mixed SATB chorus of 35 to 45 singers that performs a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied repertoire from the Baroque period to the present day. 

The Hartt Chamber Choir is a highly skilled auditioned chorus of 24 singers that sings choral works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Handel and Mozart as well as works by contemporary composers. Members of the Hartt Chamber Choir formed the core of the Hartt Tour Choir when they performed in the Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary and Italy.

Dr. Edward Bolkovac is professor of choral music at The Hartt School. Prior appointments include senior lecturer in Music at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia; artistic director of the Brisbane Early Music Festival; artistic director of the California Bach Society and director of the Kodaly Music Education Program at Holy Names University in Oakland, California.

Aside from his work at Hartt, Bolkovac is also the artistic director of the New Haven Chorale. He studied conducting in Hungary and completed his doctorate at Stanford University.

Benjamin Rauch leads a multi-faceted career as a countertenor, composer, conductor and educator. He spent a year singing soprano with Chanticleer, America’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble. He has performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles including Chanticleer, Crescendo, The Greater New Haven Community Chorus, The New Haven Chorale, CitySingers of Hartford, Chorus Angelicus, and Gaudeamus. Regularly commissioned as a choral composer, Rauch has written numerous works for ensembles including The First Church of Christ in Hartford, Center Church Choir and The St. Patrick – St. Anthony Gallery Choir.

He holds a bachelor of music in vocal performance, choral conducting and composition from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

The BPMMS is in its seventh season of sponsoring excellent concerts of classical music in Granby. The final concert on the 2018-2019 Season will be Les Amies de Théodore, a Baroque Chamber Ensemble, with guest violinist Emlyn Ngai, on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m.

The 2018-2019 Season is supported in part by a grant from the Granby Education Foundation. 

Sponsored by the music ministry of South Congregational Church, the concerts in the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series are free to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to support the series. For more information please contact the South Church office at 860-653-7289 or visit the website at