The News-Times/Carol Kaliff
Sisters Sandy Chadwick, left, of New Milford, and Stella
Johns of Danbury participate in the rehearsal.
Connecticut Master Chorale Director Tina Johns Heidrich,
directs a rehearsal for an upcoming concert in Newtown.
Music can touch the soul, evoke a smile, release a flood of memories and pacify a
On March 10, one day short of six months after the events of Sept. 11, the power and
glory of music will be heard at St. Rose of Lima Church when the Connecticut Master
Chorale will dedicate a performance of John Rutter’s "Requiem” to the victims of the
The concert begins at 3 p.m. The musical talent of a former Newtowner, soprano soloist
Emily Martin, Joseph Jacovino, organist and choir director at St. Rose, and the
Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra are also being employed, said Tina Johns Heidrich,
chorale founder and director.
The director is pleased to be able to offer the "Requiem.”
"John Rutter’s ‘Requiem’ has gained immense and widespread popularity throughout the
world,” she explained. "It is considered a polished gem with its haunting beauty and
The 55-member chorale will also perform a rarely heard work by Sir Arthur Sullivan (of
Gilbert & Sullivan fame): "Festival Te Deum,” last was performed in the United States in
1972 in Minneapolis.
"I first heard this piece on WMNR about a year ago,” said Heidrich. "I had never heard
it before but was completely taken with it. It took me about four months to finally track
it down and get the music scores so that the chorale could perform it.”
The Te Deum, commissioned in 1972 to celebrate Edward, The Prince of Wales’ recovery
from typhoid fever, incorporates the hymn tune St. Anne ("Our God Our Help in Ages Past”).
It is sung in English and "is decidedly cheerful and upbeat,” Heidrich commented,
"including at one point a jaunty march set for a military band.”
Sullivan, she continued, "is so well remembered for his series of operas with W.S.
Gilbert that a 40-year career of grand music for the church and concert hall has been
overshadowed. The audience will be pleasantly surprised and exhilarated and will walk away
completely and gloriously uplifted.”
St. Rose of Lima Church is located at 41 Church Hill Road, Newtown.
Tickets to this performance by the Connecticut Master Chorale are $12 in advance; $15
at the door.
For information, call (203) 743-0473 or visit