Five Reasons to be at the Wadsworth Atheneum
on February 12...
1 - The gorgeous museum
2 - A world premiere by a Connecticut composer
3 - Beautiful choral music
4 - An honored guest
5 - Valentine's Day!
Five Reasons to be at the
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
on Sunday, February 12 at 4:00 PM
For lots of folks, the pleasure of hearing CONCORA sing will be reason enough to attend our next concert on February 12. (We love you, too!)
But if you need a little extra motivation to get out to a concert, here are just a few of the many features that make this program unusual and, we think, rather special:
First, the venue, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. If you've never been to the Wadsworth Atheneum, you are in for a treat. If you haven't been there in a while and have not seen the recent renovation, you're in for a treat. :-) And if you have been there recently and have reveled in the new look, well, then you're really in for a treat to hear CONCORA singing a variety of beautiful choral music in those gorgeous galleries. And...admission to the museum is included in your concert ticket. We encourage you to arrive early to spend some time in the galleries before the music begins at 4:00 pm.
Second, a world premiere! At this concert, CONCORA will give the premiere performance of a new choral work by highly-regarded Connecticut composer Ellen Gilson Voth. The new music, Of Distant Skies, was inspired by one of Thomas Cole's magnificent oil paintings in the Wadsworth Atheneum, his View From Mount Taormina, a landscape that has been the centerpiece of our marketing campaign for this event. Ellen's music beautifully captures the breadth and spirit of Cole's art.
Third, the entire gorgeous, art-inspired program: Artistic Director Chris Shepard's choices for this program were directly inspired by artworks in the Wadsworth Atheneum. A quartet of vocalists will sing spare and sturdy music of William Billings near displays of lean-lined Colonial American art and artifacts; an octet will fa-la-la their way through a bouquet of Italian madrigals in a gallery rich with paintings of the Renaissance and early Baroque; and a 16-voice ensemble will indulge in some Debussy chansons amidst the lush canvases of the French Impressionists. Each ensemble will perform three times, so that you may walk from gallery to gallery and hear (and see!) it all. After intermission, the entire ensemble of 30 voices comes together in the sumptuous Morgan Great Hall for a program of classic American choral music, including Ellen Gilson Voth's Of Distant Skies, Neely Bruce's The Bill of Rights, and Randall Thompson's The Peaceable Kingdom. It's truly a feast for the senses.
Fourth, we have an honored guest! When CONCORA's founding Artistic Director Richard Coffey stepped down after a distinguished 40-year tenure, CONCORA's Board of Directors established in his honor the Richard M. Coffey Fund for the Advancement of the Choral Arts. Many of you contributed generously to that fund. Ellen Gilson Voth's new work is the second commission supported by this fund, and the first to be commissioned by Chris Shepard. Richard Coffey will be our guest of honor at the concert on February 12, and we hope you, too, can be in the audience to hear the first performance of this new commission.
Fifth, Valentine's Day! A quick search shows that "Museum visit" and "concert" both rank high in the lists of recommended romantic dates for Valentine's Day. Having trouble choosing between a museum visit and a concert? Enjoy both with "Art & Music" on February 12. And the program ends around 6:00 PM, a perfect hour to continue your outing with dinner or drinks.
Click HERE or on the Thomas Cole landscape image below to order tickets, or contact the CONCORA office at 860-293-0567 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Though tickets will be available at the door, seating at the Wadsworth Athenuem is limited, so we recommend that you reserve your tickets soon for this unique, art-infused program.
SAVE THE DATE! CONCORA Summer Festival with Chris Shepard Exploring the Choral Masterworks July 30 through August 5, 2017
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