CONCORA sings this weekend! Please join us on Saturday evening, November 18 in West Hartford to hear the second of CONCORA's five-part Masterworks series, a truly beautiful program of choral classics, old and new, presented by CONCORA's seasoned professional singers with three extraordinarily talented young choirs and their directors. As Chris Shepard says, "This is where the present meets the future!" Read on for more information about this exciting concert, including info on tickets, travel directions, and parking, and enjoy a video preview from Chris Shepard, profiles of our guest choirs, and the second installment in our exploration of the Masterworks season imagery.

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CONCORA (and friends!) sing
Extraordinary Choral Masterworks
Saturday, November 18 2017, 7:30pm
Saint Thomas the Apostle Church
872 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT
Handel, Mozart, Fauré, Mendelssohn...Their music has been at the heart of the choral repertoire from the beginning. Randall Thompson, Leonard Bernstein, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen... Theirs are newer voices whose music has been embraced as classics for our time.  And all of it is breathtakingly beautiful.

CONCORA's Artistic Director Chris Shepard reminds us that "masterworks" include not only the "big" choral works such as masses, requiems, and passions, but smaller works that take on "masterwork" status due to their beauty and musical merit, of course, but perhaps more importantly, because of the degree to which singers and listeners like you embrace them and hold them close.

CONCORA's November 18 "Extraordinary Concert" demonstrates this to a T, with a selection of masterworks large and small, each one a gem in this concert of crown jewels. CONCORA will offer fresh interpretations of a treasury of choral masterworks, performing them as you might never have heard them before. Joining the all-professional ensemble are three of Connecticut’s finest young choirs: the select high school choruses from Bristol, Ledyard, and Litchfield. CONCORA and each of the three guest choirs will perform on their own, then join for a climactic conclusion: three movements from the Mozart Requiem.

“What a treat to sit and be bathed in glorious sound! The young voices were so fresh and clear and the ensemble sound quite breathtaking. The variety of musical offerings was a delight to the listener and perfectly suited to that grand space.”
Comment from a member of the audience at the 2016 Extraordinary Concert

Tickets are on sale now ($10-$55) and will also be available at the door. Advance purchase is recommended for preferred seating. Bring some friends and take advantage of group rates for parties of eight or more adult and senior general admission tickets (advance sales only, please).

Did you miss the last issue of this newsletter? You may find it here: That issue included an interview with Chris Shepard about how he and the CONCORA singers are preparing fresh interpretations of some modern classics, including music by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, along with a list of all the music that CONCORA will sing for you on November 18.

Curious about that wonderful wrought-iron feature in the image above? Scroll down to learn more.
Click here to join CONCORA on November 18 to experience choral classics for the first time, all over again.

Artistic Director Chris Shepard says: "One of the greatest joys of working with young singers is the opportunity to introduce them to new works for the first time. It reminds me of why certain works are 'masterworks' in the first place—their appeal is nearly universal, often from the very first contact."
To listen: Click HERE or on the video image above. Share!
Meet the three Extraordinary Choirs that will sing for you with CONCORA this Saturday evening. These young musicians and their directors are creating the future of choral music. Come hear what the future sounds like!
Bristol Central High School Madrigal Singers
David Nelson, Director of Choral Music
The Bristol Central High School Madrigal Singers is the oldest extracurricular performing group at Bristol Central High School. The name is a bit misleading as the ensemble typically performs more contemporary music and spirituals. Last year the choir had the pleasure of singing Eric Whitacre's Sleep with the composer at the University of Connecticut. Being highlighted in CONCORA's Extraordinary Concert is certainly an honor and the singers are all looking forward to the experience. 
Ledyard High School Chamber Choir
Melanie Wade Cometa, Director of Choral Activities

The Ledyard High School Chamber Choir, a nationally-recognized ensemble, has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and has consistently enjoyed success at music competitions all over the East Coast. In the 2017-2018 school year, the choir will perform with CONCORA and Voce and will join the Ledyard High School Select Singers, an auditioned, treble ensemble, in a tour to New York City, including a performance at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. 
Litchfield High School Chamber Choir
Peter Perkins, Director of Choral Activities

The Litchfield High School Chamber Choir, the school's select choral ensemble, performs at all major school concerts and at numerous run-out performances through out the year. In recent years they have performed at Infinity Hall in Norfolk and with the Lyme Rock-based choral ensemble Crescendo under the direction of Christine Gevert. Two members of this year’s choir have qualified to participate in the NAfME All-National Honor Ensemble festival. The choir's repertoire covers a wide range of styles including classical, Renaissance, pop, and contemporary. As members of the Choraleers, this spring the chamber choir will premier a new piece written for them by Grammy Award-winning composer and band leader Paul Winter.
Click here to reserve your seats for what promises to be a thrilling concert on November 18. Tickets will also be avalable for online sales until concert time on Saturday and may also be purchased at the door.
Tickets Directions Parking

Tickets: Tickets ($10-$55) are on sale now; purchase online (CLICK HERE) or contact the CONCORA office (860-293-0567 or Online sales will continue until concert time, and tickets will also be available at at the door. Advance purchase is recommended for preferred seating. Bring some friends and take advantage of group rates for parties of eight or more adult and senior general admission tickets.

Directions: Saint Thomas the Apostle Church is at 872 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, just a few blocks east of Trout Brook Drive. Click on the image or map below to open Google maps for this location.

Parking: Parking is available on streets around the church, and the Beth David Synagogue lot on Dover Street is available for CONCORA concert patrons. Because of another event taking place that evening at the church, we recommend that you arrive early to park.

: Enter through the large central front door on the Farmington Ave side. If you need to use an elevator, enter through the door off the church parking lot on the west side of the building (to the left as you face the church).
What About those E-Tickets I got in my Email?

When you purchase tickets online for any CONCORA event, you will receive your tickets via email. You may chose to print the tickets and bring them to show at the door, or you may simply show your e-tickets on your electronic device. Your choice!
The Great Choral Masterworks: "Like great iron gates"
About the Masterworks Season Theme and Imagery - Part 2

Perhaps you noticed that the designs for this season's concerts incorporate beautifully crafted metalwork, much of it ancient, all of it remarkable for its beauty and longevity. In a note on CONCORA's website, Artistic Director Chris Shepard offers a brief overview of CONCORA's 2017-2018 Masterworks season and shares his insights about how these images of enduring metalwork complement his artistic vision for the season. An earlier issue of this newsletter included a brief article about the magnificent choir screen in Bayeux Cathedral that graces our season brochure and has been used on our website and social media points of entry. Below you'll find some details about the finely-wrought metalwork that we've chosen for the Extraordinary Concert that CONCORA will perform this Saturday evening. Due to interest expressed by some of our listeners, we've set up a new place on CONCORA's website where you can see these images and follow the essays as they unfold during the season. Enjoy!
Over the past quarter century, CONCORA’s Extraordinary Concert has offered extraordinary opportunities for talented young singers from high school and college choirs to rehearse and perform with CONCORA’s professional singers. This opportunity is a kind of portal, through which these aspiring musicians, as well as all of us who delight in choral music, can peer into the future. This idea of looking through a door was inspired by Chris Shepard’s description of the great choral masterworks standing out “like great iron gates,” a concept that inspired the choice of image for the entire Masterworks season, and informed the designs for the individual concerts, where gates, portals, and exquisitely wrought iron-work are the common theme.
The ornate hinge shown here is at the center of the designs for the Extraordinary Concert. This is one of a pair that graced the ceremonial entranceway to the Reception Room of the Stiegerhof, a manor house near Villach in Carinthia, southern Austria. Crafted in 1589 by master woodworker Urban Holzworm, the door (and the entire room for which it was built) may be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The door is constructed of walnut accented with inlays of other woods; the lock and hinges are of iron.
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CONCORA’s 2017-2018 season is made possible through the generous gifts of many individual donors and with the generous support of the following foundations and institutions: the American Savings Foundation; the Greater Hartford Arts Council; the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; the J. Walton Bissell Foundation; the William T. Sloper Trust for the Andrew J. Sloper Music Fund; the State of Connecticut, with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation; the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation; the City of New Britain Commission on the Arts; the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation; and the Robert C. Vance Charitable Foundation.
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