Celebration concert at St. Theresa

Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church will host a gala concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the current church building’s dedication Feb. 10 at 4:30.

The New Haven Chorale, The University of Hartford’s Hartt Chorale, and The St. Theresa Choirs are joining forces to perform Nelsonmesse by Haydn, and other pieces by Handel, Mozart, Sweelinck and Vivaldi. The soloists for this performance are sopranos, Alexandra Harvey and Karen Morse; altos, Elizabeth Barnes and Lauren Dwane; tenor, Ian O’Brien; and basses Marlon McWilliam and Jermaine Woodard. Carolina Flores, now in her sixteenth year as Music Director of St. Theresa’s, will conduct the 150-member choir and orchestra.

“The music of this concert is filled with hope and joy,” Flores said. “It is music that uplifts our spirits in times of darkness or times of celebration.”

The Rev. Brian Gannon, pastor at St. Theresa since 2010, said he and the Parish Committee wanted the 50th anniversary to be special.

“Our music at St. Theresa’s is top-notch,” he said. “What better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our church than to invite our parishioners, friends and neighbors?”

The history of the parish of is much older than 50 years. Saint Theresa Church was established by Bishop Maurice McAuliffe of Hartford, the  Rev. Robert Killian was appointed first pastor and Masses were held in the school on Edison Road until the first St. Theresa’s Church was completed in 1935.

After World War II, the parish grew and added a new school in 1955. Under Msgr. Bartholomew Skelly, appointed pastor in 1948, the construction of the present church began in 1960, and was completed in 1962.

In 1997, Msgr. Louis DeProfio oversaw the installation of the 2296-pipe “Jody” Massello, Jr. memorial organ that graces the church to this day. Cardinal Edward Egan, then bishop of Bridgeport, dedicated it on April 1, 1999. In addition, a Yamaha concert grand piano was a memorial gift donated in memory of Robert Paul that same year.

Saint Theresa is one of the largest churches in Connecticut and has many active families and volunteers participating in works of charity and community outreach.

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, contact the St. Theresa Rectory office at 203 261-3676 or visit sttheresatrumbull.org or newhavenchorale.org. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for students with ID and children 12 and under.