NEW BRITAIN - Christmas music and fancy outfits highlighted the cityâ€™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 schoolâ€™s 2018 Madrigal Feaste on Dec. 9 as well as at churches, nursing homes and other organizations.
â€śWe are proud to showcase theÂ MadrigalÂ singers, our very talented young people, in our newly renovated lobby at Liberty Square, Central Connecticutâ€™s premier office location,â€ť 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 Tuesdayâ€™s stops were the idea of Tomasso, a board member.
â€śI said that would be wonderful because I think music is an appreciation,â€ť Fox said.
Fox added that she was particularly interested in having the children at OIC listen to the Madrigals because teenagers usually donâ€™t pay attention to Christmas music and skip such events.
â€śThe Christmas songs that they sing are the true essence of Christmas,â€ť Fox said. â€śItâ€™s nice for them to really understand that thereâ€™s a seriousness and specialness about the Christmas season and to understand how fortunate they are. Weâ€™ve been spending a lot of time this year in really getting youth to understand the purpose of Christmas. Itâ€™s not about giving and getting; itâ€™s about giving back to the community.â€ť
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 1970â€™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 groupâ€™s fifth director, a position he was given after 18 years as assistant director.
â€śItâ€™s a group that has a long history,â€ť Ferrandino said. â€śWe try to do a mix of some things weâ€™ve done in past years and find new options, new foreign-language carols and madrigals.â€ť
In the spring, the group transitions into a show choir, performing pop and jazz tunes and Broadway-style productions.
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