Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More Than 400 Musicians Join Forces for Verdi's Requiem

Photo courtesy of the HSO
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the construction of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the Sacred Sounds Concert Series will present Verdi’s Requiem on Friday, March 16 at 8 pm at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.

Led by conductor Edward Bolkovac, this monumental performance will feature the collaborative sounds of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Chorale, New Haven Chorale, The Hartt School Choruses, Cathedral Choirs, soprano Amanda Hall, mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer, tenor Raffaele Sepe, bass Ryan Green, and organist and Sacred Sounds Music Director, Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez.

“This concert undoubtedly will be the largest scale production that has ever been performed in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, " Menendez said. "We are bringing together the greatest musical forces in Connecticut for this epic piece of music…this is going to be the concert of the year.”

Admission: $20 Suggested Donation. All proceeds from the concert to benefit the musical efforts of the Sacred Sounds Concert Series. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Free parking will be available in the Cathedral’s parking lot on Asylum Avenue and at Asylum Hill Congregational Church. For more information, visit or call (860) 578-1433.

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Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced
numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont
Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.”

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway
League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill
Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at She
is editor of The award-winning Connecticut Arts Connection (,

She is a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She previously served as Contributing Editor for, Connecticut theater editor
for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web. Yarger is a book reviewer and writer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented
by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle (awards committee).

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts,
the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.

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