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Connecticut cathedral partners with chamber music ensemble

Cuatro Puntos chamber music group. Photo/Cuatro Puntos

The Cuatro Puntos (“Four Points”) chamber music group, artists in residence at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Conn., is wrapping up its series focusing on contemporary chamber music by Ukrainian composers.

The final concert of the three-concert program is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27 at noon at Trinity College Library in Hartford. More information is available here.

The Ukrainian series, which features newly-commissioned works from Odessa and Kyiv, aligns with  Cuatro Puntos’ mission to “activate music as a pragmatic and universally accessible stimulus for social change, cultural awareness, and empowerment of the underserved.”

Christ Church Cathedral, in keeping with its mission to encourage the expression of faith through the arts, named Cuatro Puntos as artists in residence. One of the group’s violists, Kevin Bishop, composed a piece in honor of retiring Bishop Ian Douglas, which was filmed in the cathedral last year and may be viewed here.

The Music Moves Hartford Street Choir rehearses. Photo/Cuatro Puntos

The cathedral also works with Cuatro Puntos on “Music Moves Hartford,” a program that gets downtown Hartford residents “making music and filling streets, buildings, churches, and public spaces with their voices and talents,” according to its website.

“We hold ongoing music making meetings at a soup kitchen and at a transitional shelter, as well as holding pop-up events and performances around downtown,” according to the program’s description.

The Music Moves Hartford Street Choir includes city residents facing such challenges as homelessness and addiction. Formed in 2018, the choir initially included clients of the cathedral’s basement soup kitchen.

Now, they rehearse at the cathedral and at a homeless shelter, and perform throughout the city.

Cuatro Puntos performs on the cathedral’s patio. Photo/Cuatro Puntos

To read more about the Music Moves Hartford Street Choir, click here.

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