Tickets are still available for this beautiful program of choral classics
CONCORA sings tonight! Please join us tonight, Saturday, November 18 in West Hartford to hear the second of CONCORA's five-part Masterworks series, a beautiful program of choral classics, old and new, presented by CONCORA's seasoned professional singers with three extraordinarily talented young choirs. As Chris Shepard says, "This is where the present meets the future!" Scroll down for Information about tickets, travel directions, and parking, and a sneak audio preview of a choral favorite.
CONCORA (and friends!) sing Extraordinary Choral Masterworks
TONIGHT, 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.
Tonight's "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
Read more about this concert:
Here are links to the two latest issues of this newsletter:
11/08/2017 - Fall in love with the classics all over againThis 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 this evening.
Listen to the men of CONCORA in their first rehearsal of "Shenandoah" - your intrepid CONCORA reporter was on hand with a phone camera. Come tonight and hear the whole piece, along with a cornucopia of choral classics.
To listen: Click HEREor on the video image above. Share!
Tickets: Tickets ($10-$55) are on sale now; purchase online (CLICK HERE) or contact the CONCORA office (860-293-0567 or firstname.lastname@example.org). before noon. 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.
Entry: 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).
Please note: The program lasts a little over an hour and will be performed without intermission.
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 print the tickets and bring them to show at the door, or you may simply show your e-tickets on your electronic device, whichever is easiest for you.
The high school choirs at the 2016 edition of the Extraordinary Concert, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford.
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.