The Litchfield County Choral Union will present the requiems of Gabriel Faure and Maurice Durfule on Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m. in the Music Shed at the Yale Summer Music School on the Ellen Battell Stoeckel estate in Norfolk under the direction of Jonathan F. Babbitt. Featured solosits will be Alexandra Whitfield, soprano; Allison Messier, mezzo-soprano, David Tinervia, baritone; and David Enlow, organist.
Founded in 1899 by Carl and Ellen Stoeckel, the Choral Union draws singers from western Connecticut, Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley. The group rehearses and performs in the redwood Music shed, built especially for the Choral Union by the Stoeckels on the grounds of their country estate. It was their desire that "the composer and his work be honored in the most elevated manner possible." Thanks to their beneficience, combined with the support of Yale University and donors and benefactors, music of the highest quality continues with this seasons' repertroire.
Music Director Jonathan Babbitt holds Bachelor and Master's degrees from Yale University and the Yale School of music. He was appointed Director of the Choral Union in 1986. Babbitt holds concurrent positions as director of Choral Acitivites and Coordinator of Applied Music Studies at Mietchell College in New London, Conn; Music Director of the Greater New Bedford Choral Society in New Bedford, Mass; and Music Director of the New England Sacred Camerata in Adamsville, Rhode Island.
Tickets for the July 29 concert may be purchased by calling 860-379-2636 or 401-864-9009.