THE 2016–2017 SEASON






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

Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, organ; Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, 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 to be the featured choir at the Festival’s Opening Concert, this year. This concert allows for the perfect union between two of the most powerful sound media: 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!




Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington

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


Do not miss Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus as they perform their annual INVESTITURE CONCERT on Saturday, October 8, at 4:00 p.m., at their home base, Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington. The Investiture Ceremony represents that very special moment in which choral students are being promoted to their new upper choirs. The season’s Head Choristers and Choral Scholars are also publicly announced, as well as choristers with best attendance records. All five choirs of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus participate of this sonic feast that features choral works from around the globe! The event is open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.



Saturday, 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 music from across the world and from all traditions: a great way to get ready for the Holidays, make yourself acquainted with our little ones, and see how it all starts!




Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m., Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Leif Bjaland, Music Director and Conductor


This will be another memorable collaboration of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus in partnership with a prestigious musical organization in the area, in this case The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, with whom we share great memories of a 2014 Midsummer Night’s Dream joint production! We’ve collected a dozen yuletide memories for this edition of A Connecticut Christmas, from cookies and milk for Santa, to the family opening presents around to the Christmas tree! It’s a gift your children and grandchildren will always treasure.



CHRISTMAS ANGELICUS – A New England Tradition

  • Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m., Simsbury United Methodist, Simsbury
  • Saturday, December 10, 5:00 p.m., Second Congregational Church of Winsted, Winsted *** VENUE/TIME CHANGE
  • Friday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. St Michael’s Church, Litchfield
  • Saturday, December 17, 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford
  • Sunday, December 18, 4:00 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus

John McDonough, narrator

Vaughn Mauren, organist

Gabriel Löfvall, director


‘Tis the time to make merry! Churches and chapels across Northwest Connecticut will once more ring with the music of the season, as this tradition continues to draw packed houses. Old and new arrangements of carols and seasonal songs will be craftily executed by the pure voices of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, along with traditional carols for the audience delight. This year we bear the honor of premiering a special carol written for us on the occasion of our 25th Anniversary by the celebrated Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo! Pick a location and hurry to get your ticket: sold-out concerts are part of the tradition.






Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford

Olivier Latry, organ; Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, Gabriel Löfvall, conductor.


Renowned organist, Olivier Latry, titular organist at Notre Dame in Paris, returns to Hartford to play an exciting program on the Cathedral’s amazing organs. The program will feature French organ masterworks, improvisations, and the mighty Messe Solennelle, Op. 16, for two organs and mixed choir, by Louis Vierne, a work celebrated for its sumptuous harmonies and ominous resonances. The skillful voices of Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus will join Maestro Latry for this unique event, to bring Vierne’s powerful Messe Solennelle to life: an evening not to be missed!




  • Sunday, April 9, 7: 30 p.m., St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford
  • Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m., Second Congregational Church of Winsted, Winsted

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


Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus joins forces with the excellent choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony church to bring to life the extraordinarily popular Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a masterwork distinguished by its boundless source of memorable musical lines and dramatic choral climaxes! Highlights of the concert include what is, perhaps, one the most tender and intimate of all sacred music, Allegri’s exquisite setting of psalm 51, Miserere Mei: an un-missable event to let the soul revel in the depth of vocal splendor!




Sunday, May 7, 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington

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


Don’t miss this resonant music-making event that showcases the younger singers of our organization and gives a chance for young singers and their parents from the surrounding towns to become acquainted with our choirs. Come check out how the magic of our sounds comes to be!



CHASM: The Splendor of Choral Music with Percussion

Sunday, June 11, at 4:00 p.m., The Music Shed, Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk, CT

Training Choirs, Junior Choir, Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, The Berkshire Children’s Chorus

Andrew Thomson, Marcus Krieger, Matthias Bossi, Christopher Parks, percussionists.

Julie Bickford & Gabriel Löfvall, directors


On Sunday June 11, at 4 p.m., two of the area’s most prestigious youth choirs will present a collaborative choral concert at the legendary Music Shed of the Yale Summer Music Festival in Norfolk, CT. A massed choir of over eighty singers from the Berkshire Children’s Chorus and Chorus Angelicus, joined by the professional, adult choirGaudeamus, will gather together to present CHASM: The Splendor of Choral Music with Percussion. As this title indicates, the singers (who range in age from 5 to 75!) will be joined by four talented percussionists, Andrew Thomson, Marcus Kreiger, Christopher Parks and Matthias Bossi. The repertoire will feature contemporary choral music, showcasing the different choirs and sounds of both musical organizations. The groups will combine for the finale with the performance of Graham Instrall’s spirited piece, Chasm, a creative mass setting for voice and percussion.

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