CONCORA’s Friends of Bach invite you to enjoy an evening of Wine, Jazz, & Song on Saturday,January 21, 2017, from 6-9 PM, in the lovely Amistad Hall in the Porter Memorial at First Church, 75 Main Street, Farmington. The Sir William Trio and a quintet of CONCORA vocalists will offer their interpretations of jazz standards, selections from the American songbook, and much more.
Enjoy fine wines, plentiful hors d’oeuvres, a silent wine auction, write-your-own song dedications, and perhaps even a spin around the dance floor, all in a casually elegant atmosphere. This midwinter festivity is hosted by CONCORA’s Friends of Bach in support of CONCORA's April 30, 2017 performance of three of J.S. Bach's choral cantatas.
Wine, Jazz, & Song
Saturday, January 21, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM Amistad Hall in the Porter Memorial
First Church, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT Snow Date: Sunday, January 22, 6-9 PM [But the weather forecast is just fine!]
Seating is limited at this special event, so reserve your seats soon at our secure online ticketing site or contact the CONCORA office at 860-293-0567 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $50 per person. Ample, free, off-street parking is available.
Reservations are recommended, but some tickets will also be available at the door.
We asked some of the vocalists who will be singing on Saturday to share their thoughts about preparing the "song" part of Wine, Jazz, & Song for you. Here’s what they said:
Stacey Grimaldi loves being part of the jazz ensemble: "For us classical musicians, who are expected to sing the notes exactly as they appear on the page, singing jazz is a completely different experience. The singers and the Sir William Trio don't spend a whole lot of time rehearsing together. It can be frightening - in fact, I'm usually a wreck the day of the performance. But the trio is amazing, and once I get up there on stage, I have a fantastic time listening to what they're doing and playing off of them, as they with me. The whole event is just a blast. Watching members of the audience sing, dance, and have a good time is part of the fun for me, too."
Jermaine Woodard is enjoying exploring the parallels between jazz and Baroque music: “From a wide array of selections on the program, this evening will be one for the books. I'll be performing in CONCORA's annual Bach concert on April 30, and it's a privilege to be part of Wine, Jazz, & Song, which is a fundraiser for the Bach concert. And singing jazz to support the Bach concert is a fun twist, because Baroque is one of the big sisters to Jazz. Melismas, coloratura, trills, melodic improvisation, harmonic complexities, instrumental imitation... It's all there; it's all in the family."
Salli-Jo Borden thrills to the excitement of singing live jazz: “For me, there's nothing quite as exciting as singing live jazz. No matter how many hours of preparation you put into a performance, the presence of the crowd always elicits musical spontaneity and invigorating energy. The audience will enjoy dancing and listening to classic standards such as At Last, All the Things You Are, and Moonlight in Vermont. I look forward to singing with the fabulous Sir William Trio and having a night of elegance and fun!"
The Friends of Bach is a volunteer organization whose mission is to support CONCORA’s performances of the works of J.S. Bach and to “enhance and inform the audience’s understanding of Bach and his music.” Through a series of concerts and fundraising events, and the donations of individual Bach lovers, the Friends of Bach raises funds to underwrite CONCORA’s annual Bach concert. For more information, please visit CONCORA's website. The Friends of Bach welcome new members at any time, with membership at $100 for an individual and $150 for a family. To become a member of the Friends of Bach, to renew your membership, or to make a donation, please contact the CONCORA office at 860-293-0567 or email@example.com.
CONCORA has long been renowned for its masterful and moving performances of choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach. This year, the ensemble presents three glorious choral cantatas with choir, soloists, and professional orchestra: Wir Danken dir, Gott, BWV29; Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied, BWV190; and Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191.The concert will be presented on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 4:00 PM at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford. For more information and to reserve your seats for this popular concert, visit our website.