Free Documentary Screening of "Letter from Italy, 1944 - A New American Oratorio"
Two extraordinary sisters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder (composer) and Nancy Meneely (poet), collabrated to bring to life the compelling true story of their father, Dr. John K. Meneely, Jr., a Yale-trained medic with the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. The result, “Letter from Italy, 1944,” an oratorio that describes his wartime experience, debuted in 2013 at the Middletown Performing Arts Center. In this Emmy-winning documentary, narrated by Meryl Streep, film-maker, Karyl Evans captures the creation of this new, American staged oratorio through interviews, archival photos, rehearsal, and performance footage. Her interviews reveal a powerful story of one soldier's battle to rebuild his home life with his wife and three young children when he returns home from the war with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The film is 1 hour long. Following the screening, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Meneely, along with AHCC's own Director of Music & Arts, Jack Pott, who sang the role of Dr. Meneely, will answer questions.
Special Note: Led by Joseph D'Eugenio, a complete performance of "Letter from Italy, 1944" will have it's Hartford debut on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, presented jointly by The Hartford Chorale, The GM Chorale, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and again starring Jack Pott in the lead role.
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