Universalist Music Series

Universalist Music Series - Chamber Music

Join us for a celebration of music by early 20th century French composer Charles Koechlin (1867 – 1950). The program features the Universalist Church Choir, directed by T. L. Hine, with a chamber orchestra of professional instrumentalists performing choral works, solo sonatas, and other chamber music.

Koechlin’s music possesses the impressionistic luminosity of Claude Debussy paired with the order, precision, and clarity of form of Maurice Ravel. A  pupil of Gabriel Fauré, Koechlin’s own roster of students included numerous notable names: Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre, to name a few. The idiosyncrasies of Koechlin’s music retain the ability to astonish modern ears nearly a century later, but Koechlin balanced his dramatic ingenuity in harmony, rhythm, and orchestration with a thorough and sincere craftsmanship focused on creating beautiful, fertile melodies. Koechlin produced well over 200 musical works with opus numbers – many of which themselves consist of dozens of smaller individual pieces. 

Despite this prolific output, Koechlin’s music is infrequently performed and much remains unpublished. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear several works performed live.

The program includes:
Sonatina No. 2 for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra, Op. 194
Épitaphe de Jean Harlow for flute, alto saxophone and piano, Op. 164

with selections from:
l’abbaye, Op. 16
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 51
Violin Sonata, Op. 64
Trio for flute, clarinet and bassoon, Op. 92
...and much more!

A goodwill donation will be collected at the door. 

Hall High ChoraliersAbout the Universalist Music Series:

The Universalist Church frequently hosts both local and traveling musicians for concerts held both in our sanctuary and in our social hall. Our sanctuary benefits from outstanding acoustics (both warm and present) well-suited to chamber music and music that is lightly amplified.

The music program strives to support new music in particular and has frequently hosted local champions of new music in the Hartford area like CT Composers, Inc., the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and Central CT Composers Circle.

Past performers include:

  • Hall High School Choraliers (pictured here)
  • Singer-songwriter Kate Callahan
  • Folk musicians The Bombadils
  • Experimental musicians Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
  • Chamber music collective Cuatro Puntos
  • CT Composers, Inc.
  • Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra
  • Hartford Opera Theater
  • Sarah Jane Scouten and the Brilliant String Band
  • Cornell University Chorus
  • John & Barbara Metz
  • Lituus Duo