University Singers and the Hamden Symphony Orchestra will perform selections from Fauré’s Requiem and the world premiere of The Banquet by Neely Bruce of Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18.

The concert will be held at Mertens Theater, located in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.

The performance is free but audience members are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for a local food bank. A reception will follow to allow for concertgoers to meet the vocalists.

“We’re very pleased to be collaborating with the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, a group of committed and skilled amateur musicians now in their 51st season. Conductor Vesna Mehinovic and distinguished Connecticut composer Neely Bruce have been a joy to work with on this project,” said Frank Martignetti, director of Choral Activities at UB. “We are proud to be presenting the sublime beauty of Faure’s Requiem and to give the world premiere of a piece written to fight hunger. It will be a beautiful evening of song you don’t want to miss!”

For more information, contact the UB Music & Performing Arts Office at (203) 576-4407, or
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,