Chorale packs musical
By Frank Merkling
NEWS-TIMES ARTS CRITIC
DANBURY A full house, and then some, welcomed the latest addition to this city's
cultural scene, the Connecticut Master Chorale.
St. Peter Church was packed yesterday afternoon for the group's debut performance,
which featured John Rutter's Magnificat (1990). a work that had its first performance in
New York City, not Rutter's London.
This is worth mentioning in the light of the Magnificat's strong sense of crossover.
Influenced by Carl Orff and bearing a marked affinity for the "serious" Broadway style
of Bernstein and Sondheim, the music begins in bubbly, radiant fashion and grows brassier
and more percussive in spite of gentler sections in which Sue Yackel, the soloist, shone
for her sweet, clear soprano.
There are catchy tunes worthy of Puccini and punchy imitative passages for the male
singers. There is a bang-up ending.
The whole thing every one of its seven movements applauded yesterday was sung with
pinpoint attacks and superb blending in this lofty space, thanks to conductor Tina Johns
Expert instrumental support came from organist Joseph Jacovino Jr. and a 16-piece