Farmington Valley Chorale opens new virtual season

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Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, Artistic Director

Since choral singers world-wide are prevented by the pandemic from gathering in person, the Farmington Valley Chorale will again host a virtual season with a multi-faceted program that will provide new opportunities for singers to engage with music making and learning. The chorale’s Artistic Director, Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, will present a live, virtual weekly program that will explore several masterworks the chorale has performed—a closer look at three composers’ lives, forces which influenced their writing, how their music is constructed, and why their works have stood the test of time. 

Beginning on Jan. 17 with an overview of the season, Voth will present three interactive month-long programs featuring works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Fauré.

In addition to this Masterwork of the Month series, Voth will offer two Music in Response programs for the public—one-night events in which she and a guest colleague will discuss, in depth, a piece of music that focuses on works that emerged in times of crisis or, in some way, speak to our vulnerability and coping through times of crisis. 

Chorale President Jerry Queen summed up plans for the new season, “Our first virtual season was a great success. While we are all waiting for the chance to rehearse together and perform again, we are pleased that we can offer these programs to engage our members and the broader community.”

These programs are free and are streamed live on Zoom. For information about the season, or to become a member, visit