Concert Schedule


THE 2017–2018 SEASON






Friday, September 29, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford


Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez and Vaughn Mauren, organ; Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus and the Cathedral of St. Joseph Schola Cantorum, Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, director


The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival features an annual national competition for young organ students with winners receiving awards to further their music education. The purpose of the Festival is to encourage young organists and to enhance the area of organ education - both to support young people studying the organ and to increase general appreciation of organ music of the past and present. Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus bears the honor again to be the featured choir at the Festival’s Opening Concert. This concert allows for the perfect union between two of the most powerful sound vehicles: the human voice and the king of instruments, the organ. Come hear this fiery combination in one of the richest acoustics in our state: the magnificent Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford!






Saturday, October 21, 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington


Training Choirs, Junior Choir, Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, Karen Sovak, Laurie Ellington & Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, directors


Do not miss Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus as they perform their annual INVESTITURE CONCERT! From the haunting drone of bagpipes, exquisite choral gems strewn through the program, mighty organ chords reverberating all over the space, and the field drum punctuating a rousing finale, this year’s INVESTITURE CONCERT promises to give your heart and mind a refreshing jolt! Organist Ezequiel Menéndez collaborates again with us for Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Requiem, the centerpiece of the performance. The Investiture Ceremony represents that very special moment in which choral students are promoted to their new upper choirs. The season’s Head Choristers and Choral Scholars are also publicly announced, and choristers with best attendance records acknowledged. All five choirs of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus participate of the sonic feast, making it a moving and memorable occasion for all. The event is open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.



Sunday, December 3, at 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington


Training Choirs & Junior Choir, Karen Sovak & Laurie Ellington, directors


The younger choristers of the organization will present their annual Winter Concert, featuring lively music from across the world and all traditions: a great way to get ready for the Holidays, make yourself acquainted with our little ones, and see how it all starts!



Saturday, December 9, 4:00 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus

John McDonough, narrator

Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, director


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus offer a Christmas concert for the delight of audiences “east of the river”! Carols all latitudes will narrate the ancient story of love and redemption that characterize the Holiday Season. Experience a New England tradition, ring in the season with our choirs for what will certainly be a celebratory vocal feast filled with heavenly choral singing and Emanuel’s spectacular organ and piano. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early!


CHRISTMAS ANGELICUS – A New England Tradition


v  Friday, December 15, 7:30 p.m., St Michael’s Church, Litchfield

v  Saturday, December 16, 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington

v  Sunday, December 17, 4:00 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury

v  Friday, December 22, 7:30 p.m., Collinsville Congregational Church, Collinsville

v  Saturday, December 23, 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus

John McDonough, narrator

Vaughn Mauren, organist

Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, director


‘Tis the time to make merry! Christmas in Connecticut would not be the same if you missed one of these priceless performances. Churches and chapels across Northwest Connecticut resonate with the music of the season, as this tradition continues to draw packed houses. An assortment of carols, both old and new, skillfully executed by the pure voices of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, is at the center of the concert, along with poignant and cheery readings masterfully delivered by actor John McDonough. Pick a location and hurry to get your ticket: sold-out concerts are part of the tradition.





v  Friday, March 30, 7: 00 p.m., St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford

v  Saturday, April 14, 4 p.m., Washington Congregational Church, Washington


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, plus the choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony and an orchestral ensemble, Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, director


Once more, Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus joins forces with the tremendous choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony church, this time to bring to life the extraordinarily comforting and humane Ein Deutsches Requiem by German composer Johannes Brahms, a masterwork distinguished by its sumptuous choral writing, ingenious orchestration, and a deep tone of gentle reassuring rather than the overwhelming sorrow of other Requiem settings: an un-missable event to let the soul bask in the depth of vocal splendor!



Sunday, May 13, 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church


Training Choirs & Junior Choir, Karen Sovak & Laurie Ellington, directors


Don’t miss this end of the year music-making with the younger singers of the organization, and a chance for new singers from the community to hear the “angels” sing, and perhaps audition to be part of the 2018–2019 season. Our youngest choristers will awe you with an assortment of vibrant arrangements and compositions from many corners of the world. Come check out how the magic of our sound comes to be!





Saturday, June 3, at 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church


Training Choirs, Junior Choir, Chorus Angelicus & GaudeamusThe Elqui Trio; Karen Sovak, Laurie Ellington & Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, directors


Join us for our Fourth Annual All Choirs Festival featuring current members of the Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus ladder in an astounding collaboration with the Elqui Trio! An ensemble that is equally at home performing both classical and South American folk music, the Elqui Trio’s repertoire ranges from Baroque and newly commissioned pieces, to folk music learned in South America by oral tradition. Andean woodwind specialist and flutist Gonzalo Cortés, charango and viola player Carlos Boltes, and guitarist Scott Hill have forged careers as chamber musicians and soloists with choirs and orchestras throughout Europe as well as North, Central, and South America. The festival activities will give all involved the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new acquaintances, all while singing together and performing in concert. The program will highlight incredibly powerful music with Latin roots, featuring spirited sounds from the instrumentalists in combination with the pure voices of the choristers. Following the concert, there will be a reception for all choristers, family and friends. Come join us!




Chorus Angelicus Goes to Canada! July 2018


The Junior Choir and Senior Choirs of Chorus Angelicus travel to Canada! Officially invited by the Ensemble Vocal Villa Maria (the girl choir from College Villa Maria in Montreal, Canada), our young singers plan to spend an unforgettable time in vibrant Canada, joining forces with the talented girls of Villa Maria, while all celebrating together the joy of choral music-making. Our choristers will immerse themselves in a rich cultural exchange with our neighboring country, singing in churches and halls from Ottawa, traveling through Montreal, up to Quebec City. This will be a unique opportunity for our American youth to share different characteristics, languages, and lifestyles across the border. The tour will include memorable visits to most remarkable landmarks and sights in the cities mentioned.