Over the past
quarter century, The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut (MCC) has
performed some of the world's greatest choral masterpieces in
artistically unique and innovative performances that have earned it a
reputation as one of the pre-eminent choral ensembles in New England.
The Choir's versatile programming mines an extensive repertoire that
embraces musical works of all periods and genres from classical to
contemporary, opera to pop. To this end, the Choir excels in fulfilling
its mission to develop and promote an appreciation of choral music and
to educate its members and the general public in the musical arts.
Choir of Connecticut was originally founded in 1984 by alumni of the
Fairfield University Chamber Singers who wished to continue a musical
association with Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell. Under her baton for over
twenty-five years, MCC has performed outstanding repertoire including
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Catulli Carmina, Handel's
Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Prokofiev's Alexander
Nevsky, Honegger's King David, Bach's Magnificat,
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony
and Toward the Unknown Region, Haydn's Nelson Mass, and
the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, Faure and Durufle, as well as
American songbook entries from Gershwin and Sondheim, and many others.
Over the years, MCC
has been honored to present the world premieres of "Prologue" from
North and South, by Tony Award winner Charles Strouse, the Academy
Award winning song "There Can Be Miracles" by Stephen Schwartz, and
"Chief Seattle" by esteemed American composer Gregg Smith. In
celebration of its Silver Anniversary the Choir has commissioned a work
by Randol Alan Bass, "O Divine Music", which it premiered in May 2010.
MCC also debuted Connecticut composer EdWard Thompson's What the Ivy
Said to the Falling Snow in February 2010.
talent and achievements of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut,
acclaimed ensembles such as the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra,
the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, continue to seek out the Choir
for concert collaborations. MCC has also been privileged to perform with
both Distinguished Concerts International of New York and Mid-America
Productions at Carnegie Hall. In addition to a memorable performance at
the 2006 The National Pastoral Musicians' Conference, the Choir has also
performed to enthusiastic audiences in Rome, Florence, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
and Ireland. MCC returned to Carnegie Hall in January, 2011, for a performance of Karl Jenkinsí
Stabat Mater. In this 28th Anniversary Season, MCC is looking forward to its association with The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro William Boughton, with performances of Edward Elgar's
The Dream of Gerontius.
While MCC focuses
first on its artistry, it is also keenly aware of its responsibility to
increase public awareness of, and involvement in, the arts in our area.
The Choir's Outreach Program, the Mendelssingers, sends Choir members to
hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and various
community events to bring the wonder and awe of live choral music to
those special venues. The Choir is most appreciative of the generous
contributions it receives from a variety of regional corporations and
businesses as well as the Connecticut
Office of the Arts