Concert Schedule

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

D’ANNA FORTUNATO, PETER H. BLOOM, MARY JANE RUPERT

Noted mezzo-soprano, flautist and jazz artist, and acclaimed concert pianist playing a concert at Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

WEST HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in “Ellis Island”

An event of important and exciting dimensions will take place in Middletown when the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra performs “Ellis Island -The Deam of America”, a multimedia production with live narration by actors with images from the Ellis Island archives.

Opera Schedule

Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER (The Flying Dutchman)

An enthralling score by Wagner, illuminated by striking stage imagery, powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS (The Kaiser of Atlantis or The Disobedience of Death)

This opera was composed in Theresienstadt Nazi Concentration Camp in March 1944 when Ullman was imprisoned there. It was an allegorical depiction of a kaiser and was eventually considered a satire on Adolf Hitler.

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Madam Butterfly)

Set in Japan in the early Twentieth Century, Puccini’s deeply-felt and imaginative opera follows the poignant story of love between a United States naval officer, B.F. Pinkerton, and the beautiful Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San.

2010 Concert and Opera Series

Welcome to the Greater Middletown Concert Association!

We are indeed fortunate that the new MHS Performing Arts Center, now in its fifth full season, has opened the opportunity for the Greater Middletown Concert Association to bring such outstanding and exciting programming to the area. The new performance center is located at 200 LaRosa Lane (off Newfield Street) in Middletown, Connecticut. Click here for directions.

2013-2014 Schedule

Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER (The Flying Dutchman)

by Richard Wagner

The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera goers for many years. An enthralling score by Wagner, illuminated by striking stage imagery, powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption.

(Sung in German with English supertitles projected above the stage.)
- Stage Director is Andy Ottoson -


Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS (The Kaiser of Atlantis or The Disobedience of Death)

by Viktor Ullman

This opera was composed in Theresienstadt Nazi Concentration Camp in March 1944 when Ullman was imprisoned there. It was an allegorical depiction of a kaiser and was eventually considered a satire on Adolf Hitler.

(Sung in German with English supertitles projected above the stage.)
- Stage Director is Peter Webster -


Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

D’ANNA FORTUNATO, mezzo-soprano

PETER H. BLOOM, flute

MARY JANE RUPERT, piano and harp

*This concert only will be at Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown*
D’Anna Fortunato is a noted mezzo-soprano. Her career has included appearances with the New York City Opera and many other American companies. She has sung with most of the major orchestras and at prominent festivals. A sought-after voice teacher, Fortunato is on the faculty of New England Conservatory of Music. In 2006, she was a Grammy nominee for best classical vocal recording.

Peter H. Bloom, flute, tours widely in North America, Europe and Asia and appears on 35 CDs. He has performed at such noted venues as the National Gallery in London, Goethe Institute in Bangkok, New Zealand School of Music, and the New York Flute Club. His career ranges from historical performances to premieres of new music. He is also a noted jazz artist.

Mary Jane Rupert, acclaimed as a concert pianist and harpist, has performed from Carnegie Recital Hall to Beijing Concert Hall. She has also appeared with symphony and chamber orchestras across the United States. Rupert concertizes with flutist Bloom in the duo “2”, which has toured Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.



Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

WEST HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in “Ellis Island”

An event of important and exciting dimensions will take place in Middletown when the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra performs “Ellis Island -The Deam of America”, a multimedia production with live narration by actors with images from the Ellis Island archives. The piece was commissioned by the Bushnell in Hartford and written by Peter Boyer for the opening of the Bushnell’s new Belding Theater in 2002 at which time the Hartford Symphony premiered it. It was overwhelmingly successful! The orchestra will also play Dvorak’s familiar “New World Symphony” as part of the April 5 program.
The 70-member West Hartford Symphony Orchestra was co-founded in 2001 by a West Hartford resident, Richard Chiarappa, who was born and grew up in Middletown. Presently the orchestra’s resident musical director and conductor, Chiarappa is also a long-time music teacher at West Hartford’s Kingswood Oxford school. His extensive musical background includes 102nd Army Band , Hartt School of Music graduate education , and 11 years as conductor/music director of the Bristol Symphony Orchestra, among many other experiences and achievements. It’s a homecoming!



Ticket Info

Ticket prices are $30 (front) and $25 (rear) for each of the three concerts and $40 (front) and $35 (rear) for each of the three operas. Combined tickets for more that one concert or opera performance are available at reduced prices. Call 860 347-4887 or 860 346-3369 for all tickets. Major credit cards are accepted. Information is presented on the website www.GreaterMiddletownCncerts.org. E-mail is bmwa@aol.com. Checks for tickets may also be sent to:


Greater Middletown Concert Association
P.O. Box 2622
Middletown, CT 06457

All major credit cards are accepted.

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