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Tickets now on sale for CONCORA's 2016-2017 concert season
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CONCORA Media Contact: Christine Laird
EMAIL: contact@concora.org
PHONE 860-293-0567
CONCORA, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06103
www.concora.org
 
Tickets are now on sale for CONCORA’s 2016-2017 concert season
 
Under Artistic Director Chris Shepard, CONCORA’s 43rd season features concerts celebrating Shakespeare, favorite Christmas Carols, art and music at the Wadsworth Atheneum, old and new classics, and Bach cantatas
 
HARTFORD AND NEW BRITAIN, CONN. (October 17, 2016) — CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) announces that tickets are now on sale for the 2016-2017 concert season. The all-professional choral ensemble, now in its 43rd season, will offer five choral concerts under the direction of Chris Shepard, now in his second season as the ensemble’s Artistic Director.
 
Tickets are available through the CONCORA website www.concora.org or at 860-293-0567. Tickets are also available at the door for all concerts.
 
Extraordinary Shakespeare Continuing a long tradition of inclusion and outreach, CONCORA will be joined by five extraordinary Connecticut high school choirs in a program that features memorable choral settings of texts by William Shakespeare, marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. Participating high schools include Glastonbury (Ethan Nash, director); Greenwich (Patrick Taylor, director); Guilford (Kevin Buno, director); Hall High School, West Hartford (Lorri Cetto, director); and Manchester (Edward Tyler, director). Each of the five high school choir directors will also conduct CONCORA in concert.
EVENT DETAILS:
Extraordinary Shakespeare
Choral concert with CONCORA and area high school choirs
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 7:30 PM
St Thomas the Apostle Church
872 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT

Tickets: $55 premium; $35 general admission; $30 senior; $15 student. 
 
Christmas with CONCORA! Favorite Christmas Carols In the half century since Oxford University Press released the first volume of its popular sets of Carols for Choirs, these sparkling Christmas carol settings have become essential to the choral holiday repertoire. CONCORA presents a sleigh-full of these immortal a cappella carol arrangements by Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and others. And in keeping with the “Christmas with CONCORA” tradition, the audience is invited to sing along with CONCORA in a number of beloved Christmas carols.
EVENT DETAILS:
Christmas with CONCORA! Favorite Christmas Carols
Choral concert with CONCORA
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM
First Lutheran Church
77 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT

Snow Date: Monday, December 12, 7:00 PM
Tickets: $55 premium; $35 general admission; $30 senior; $15 student. 
 
Art and Music To celebrate the recent beautiful renovation of the Wadsworth Atheneum, CONCORA will present a program at the museum whose repertoire is inspired by the artwork itself. Small ensembles will sing in the various galleries, with music related to the artworks in each room, such a choral music of Claude Debussy alongside Impressionist paintings, colonial songs by William Billings near art by 18th century American artists, and much more. The concert features the premiere of a commissioned choral work by Connecticut composer Ellen Gilson Voth, inspired by paintings of the Hudson River School, including Connecticut-born artist Frederic Church. The event concludes with a concert by the full choir in the stunning Morgan Great Hall.
EVENT DETAILS
Art and Music
Choral Concert with CONCORA
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4:00 PM
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Tickets: $55 premium; $35 general admission; $30 senior; $15 student. 
 
Making the Old New CONCORA returns to Trinity College Chapel, where last year a sold-out audience thrilled to the acoustic miracles of Renaissance motets and masses sung by a small choral ensemble beneath the soaring arches of the Chapel’s Gothic cathedral-esque architecture. This year’s program offers more Renaissance motets and madrigals paired with newer music inspired by the originals. Motets and madrigals by Renaissance “top forty” composers such as Morley, Vecchi, and Tallis will contrast with and complement choral music by renowned contemporary composers William Hawley, Eric Whitacre, and Martin Sedek. The concert features Eleanor Daley’s haunting Requiem, perfectly suited to this remarkable space.
EVENT DETAILS
Making the Old New
Choral Concert with CONCORA
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4:00 PM
Trinity Chapel at Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT

Tickets: $55 premium; $35 general admission; $30 senior; $15 student. 
 
BACH Cantatas 29, 190, and 191 — CONCORA has long been renowned for its masterful and moving performances of choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2017, 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.
EVENT DETAILS:
BACH Cantatas
Choral concert with CONCORA and professional orchestra
Sunday April 30, 2017, 4:00 PM
Immanuel Congregational Church
10 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT

Tickets: $75 premium; $45 general admission; $40 senior; $15 student. 

Discounted group rates are available in advance for general admission and senior tickets for groups of 8 or more.

SPECIAL EVENT

Wine, Jazz, & Song
— CONCORA’s Friends of Bach present Wine, Jazz, & Song, featuring selections from the American songbook and jazz standards interpreted by The Sir William Trio and vocalists from CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists). Enjoy fine wines and plentiful, delectable hors d’oeuvre in a casually elegant atmosphere, with a silent wine auction and write-your-own song dedications. All proceeds from the evening benefit CONCORA’s performance of Bach cantatas on April 30, 2017.
EVENT DETAILS:
Wine, Jazz, & Song
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6-9 pm
Porter Memorial (Amistad Hall)
First Church, 75 Main Street
Farmington, Connecticut
Snow date: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 6-9 pm
Tickets: $50 per person. Advance reservations recommended.
 
About CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) — Acclaimed as Connecticut’s premier professional choir, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) presents masterful performances of the world’s finest choral music. “CONCORA, acknowledging that music transforms and enriches people's lives, perpetuates and performs with excellence choral music of the highest quality for the broadest possible audience.” This mission represents a commitment to the Connecticut community and to artistic excellence, masterful performances, and educational enrichment. Since its founding in 1974 by Artistic Director Emeritus Richard Coffey, CONCORA has held a unique place in the arts community as Connecticut’s premier professional choir, and has built an extraordinary reputation for artistic excellence throughout New England. Under the direction of Chris Shepard, now in his second season as Artistic Director, the ensemble’s versatility is displayed in its wide range of repertoire and in the selection of the choir’s singers to produce an extraordinary range of choral color and dynamic range for each program and performance space. CONCORA’s educational outreach program includes several highly successful projects. CONCORA extends special invitations to other choruses, especially children’s, high school and college ensembles, as a regular part of its concert programming, particularly the “Extraordinary Concerts,” where the ensemble collaborates with select high school choirs. CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers adult singers from the community and select high school and college singers an opportunity to join with CONCORA in rehearsing and performing great choral works. For children, the CONCORA-to-Go quartet presents an interactive, multicultural program, “Around the World in Music,” performed in area elementary schools and public libraries. 
 
A fuller bio of CONCORA is available at http://concora.org/about/

About Chris Shepard  Chris Shepard has served as CONCORA’s Artistic Director since 2015, succeeding founder Richard Coffey in that role. He also serves as Music Director of the Worcester Chorus and the Masterwork Chorus of Morristown, New Jersey. With these choirs, Chris has performed a wide range of repertoire, collaborating with a number of major orchestras in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. A conductor with a particular affinity for the choral music of J.S. Bach, Chris founded the Sydneian Bach Choir in Sydney, Australia, an ensemble that has performed all of Bach’s choral cantatas as well as all of his major choral works. He has taught at the Taft School, Sydney Grammar School and Holy Cross College. A pianist and keyboard continuist, Chris holds degrees from the Hartt School and the Yale School of Music, and the University of Sydney. His PhD dissertation won the American Choral Directors Association’s 2012 Julius Herford Prize for outstanding doctoral thesis in choral music.
 
A fuller bio of Chris Shepard is available at http://concora.org/artistic-director/.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Chris Shepard, please contact:
 
Christine Laird, contact@concora.org 860-293-0567
 
CONCORA
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Hartford, CT 06103
 
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CONCORA in concert, Chris Shepard, conducting
 
CONCORA Artistic Director Chris Shepard
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