Connecticut Choral Society
10th Anniversary of Maestro Knapp
Ten years ago, Eric Dale Knapp was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the highly-acclaimed Connecticut Choral Society. While still a child, he proclaimed to his parents that he could not go on living without a piano, thus foreshadowing his career in music. After many years of piano and organ studies he realized that conducting was really his passion, which he pursued at Julliard.
Maestro Knapp has proven himself to be a very dynamic conductor whose commitment and energy empower the musicians he leads to give performances that embrace the soul. Maestro Knapp’s mastery of the choral and orchestral repertoire spans the full spectrum, from fresh yet authentic interpretations of traditional works to visionary performances of multimedia works of the new millennium.
Maestro Knapp has conducted members of the Connecticut Choral Society in world class concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Center, The Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), Dvorak Hall (Prague), Vienna’s famed Musikverein, Cadogan Hall and The Southwark Cathedral in London. He has received many honors worldwide but the one he is most proud of is being inducted into his High School Hall of Fame in Ord, Nebraska.
In this 10th Anniversary year with the Connecticut Choral Society, Maestro Knapp has chose to present The Poet’s Quill, familiar poetry which has been set to lush choral music, for the spring concert. This program was presented at Walnut Hill Community Church Bethel on May 20, at 8 PM, and North Church, Woodbury the following afternoon, May 21 at 3 PM.