Community Conversation: Exhibition of “Letter from Italy, 1944” Original Sources
The story of Dr. John K. Meneely, a WWII combat medic in the Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, who returned home suffering from what is now termed PTSD, inspired “Letter from Italy, 1944,” a moving and powerful oratorio, composed and written by his daughters, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. In conjunction with its upcoming Hartford Premiere on May 4, an exhibit of Meneely Collection photos, letters, 10th Mountain Division artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation will be on display at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St. in West Hartford, from April 1 to May 30. This exhibit is open to the public free of charge. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for hours.
This event is part of a series of nine Community Conversations prior to the Hartford Premiere of “Letter from Italy, 1944,” to be presented by the combined voices of GMChorale and Hartford Chorale, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at The Bushnell on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Visit www.bushnell.org for tickets. For further information, visit www.gmchorale.org.