New Britain High Madrigals sing at One Liberty Square, OIC

Published on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 20:58
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Christmas music and fancy outfits highlighted the city’s Tuesday afternoon as the New Britain High School Madrigals sang in the lobby of One Liberty Square and at the Opportunities Industrialization Center.

The short concerts were part of a series ran by the Madrigals throughout the holiday season. They performed in the high school’s 2018 Madrigal Feaste on Dec. 9 as well as at churches, nursing homes and other organizations.

“We are proud to showcase the Madrigal singers, our very talented young people, in our newly renovated lobby at Liberty Square, Central Connecticut’s premier office location,” Bill Tomasso, of The Tomasso Group, said.

The singers performed for middle school and high school students at OIC. Children involved in the OIC programs served the singers juice, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

Paulette Fox, executive director of OIC, said that Tuesday’s stops were the idea of Tomasso, a board member.

“I said that would be wonderful because I think music is an appreciation,” Fox said.

Fox added that she was particularly interested in having the children at OIC listen to the Madrigals because teenagers usually don’t pay attention to Christmas music and skip such events.

“The Christmas songs that they sing are the true essence of Christmas,” Fox said. “It’s nice for them to really understand that there’s a seriousness and specialness about the Christmas season and to understand how fortunate they are. We’ve been spending a lot of time this year in really getting youth to understand the purpose of Christmas. It’s not about giving and getting; it’s about giving back to the community.”

Jason Ferrandino, director of the Madrigals, said the high school has been doing a Madrigal Feaste during the Christmas season for 41 years. It was started in the early 1970’s by Norman Elia with the purpose of spreading holiday cheer around the city

The Madrigal singers are part of a year-round, honors-level choral class directed by members of the choral department at New Britain High School.

Ferrandino is the group’s fifth director, a position he was given after 18 years as assistant director.

“It’s a group that has a long history,” Ferrandino said. “We try to do a mix of some things we’ve done in past years and find new options, new foreign-language carols and madrigals.”

In the spring, the group transitions into a show choir, performing pop and jazz tunes and Broadway-style productions.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 20:58. Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2018 21:01.