A memorable season of choral masterworks is in store for you! CONCORA's 2017-2018 season opens with an intimate performance of the Brahms Requiem on October 15 ... Don't miss the thrill on November 18 when several choirs join CONCORA for an Extraordinary Concert ... Save the dates for two special events from CONCORA's Friends of Bach! ... Season subscriptions are now on sale now, but only until October 15. And more!
CONCORA opens the 2017-2018 season with one of the most enduring works in the choral repertoire, the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms.
During this season, CONCORA, under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Shepard, celebrates masterworks of the choral art, with fresh interpretations of music that many consider the greatest examples of the genre.
“True masterworks have lasting power and beauty,” said Chris. “Musical trends and fashions come and go, but the finest works of music – such as Brahms’ moving Requiem – stand the test of time. Singers never tire of performing it, and listeners never tire of hearing it. This sort of beauty transcends time.”
After its 1868 premiere, conductor Karl Reinthaler predicted that the Requiem “would live as one of the most exalted creations of musical art.” Brahms’ setting, unusual among Requiems for its use of biblical verses instead of the austere Latin liturgy, is beloved for its messages of comfort, hope, blessing, and rest.
This performance (sung in German) offers the “London Version” of the Requiem, an arrangement for choir and four-hand piano that Brahms prepared for more intimate performances. The program also includes Brahms' Nänie, a poignant, achingly beautiful, but ultimately consoling elegy.
The vocal soloists are CONCORA favorites Louise Fauteux, soprano, and Chai-lun Yueh, baritone. Eric Trudel and Cihan Yücel are the featured pianists, and oboist Libby van Cleve will be heard in Nänie.
Tickets are on sale now ($10-$55). Order online or contact the CONCORA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-293-0567. Early bird pricing is available through October 1, or purchase a season subscription by October 15 for the best prices of the season. Bring some friends and take advantage of groups rates for eight or more tickets (advance sales only, please). Tickets will also be available at the door.
In the 2017-2018 season, CONCORA celebrates masterworks of the choral art, with fresh interpretations of music that many consider the greatest examples of the genre, including the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart and Bach’s monumental Saint Matthew Passion, all under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Shepard.
Season subscriptions for all five main-stage concerts are on sale through October 15, 2017. A season subscription offers the best value and guarantees your seats throughout the season. New this season: A special thank-you just for subscribers! When you subscribe to all five concerts before October 15, we will send you a private code by which you may enjoy $5 off additional general admission tickets for any of the five season concerts, purchased at any time during the season. Early-bird prices for single concert tickets are available through October 1, 2017. But don't wait - reserve your seats soon for each exciting program. Visit CONCORA's website for informationon concerts, season subscriptions, early bird discounts, and more. Tickets for all CONCORA concerts and events may be purchased at any time at our secure ticketing site, or by contacting the CONCORA office during business hours at 860-293-0567 or email@example.com.
CONCORA sings Extraordinary Masterworks Saturday, November 18 2017, 7:30PM St Thomas the Apostle Church 872 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT
Continuing a long tradition of inclusion and outreach, CONCORA will be joined by several extraordinarily gifted Connecticut high school choirs to present a program of movements
from choral masterworks by Bach (Saint Matthew Passion), Mozart (Requiem), and Brahms (A German Requiem). For many of the young singers, this concert will be their first opportunity to collaborate with professional musicians, and may be their first experience with this enduring repertoire and with singing in an acoustically resplendent space like St Thomas the Apostle Church.The concert is inspiring and enriching for listeners, too, as a listener said of last year’s Extraordinary Concert: “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.” Tickets are on sale now ($10-$55). Early bird pricing is available through October 1, or purchase a season subscription by October 15 for the best prices of the season. Bring some friends and take advantage of groups rates for eight or more tickets (advance sales only, please).
Did you get a copy
We're excited about the colorful 2017-2018 "Masterworks" season brochure! If you did not receive a brochure and wish to, contact the CONCORA office to request a copy and to update your mailing address. You won't want to miss a thing!
Save the dates for two favorite musical events
from CONCORA's Friends of Bach!
CONCORA's 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.”
In addition to an annual membership drive, the Friends of Bach produces two signature musical events to raise funds for CONCORA's annual Bach concert: the ClavierFest (Friday, November, 3), featuring music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, performed on an array of Baroque keyboard instruments; and Wine, Jazz & Song (Saturday, January 20, 2018), an elegant evening of fine wines, delicious hors d’oeuvre, and a feast of jazz songs and standards from the American Song Book, artfully interpreted by the Sir William Trio and CONCORA vocalists. Tickets for both events are on sale now; more information is offered below.
Are you a Friend of Bach? Of course, everyone ought to be!The Friends of Bach welcome new members at any time. For more information on membership and benefits, and to join for the 2017-2018 season, please visit the Friends of Bach page on CONCORA's website or contact the CONCORA office for more information. Thank you!
Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:30 PM St Mark the Evangelist Church
467 Quaker Lane, West Hartford, CT
CONCORA's Friends of Bach presents an engaging program of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, performed on harpsichords, clavichords, and positive organ. Featured performers include keyboardists Edward Clark, Christa Rakich, and Stephen Gamboa-Diaz, with guest artists Emlyn Ngai, baroque violin; Andrea LeBlanc, baroque flute; Alice Robbins, baroque cello; and a special appearance by CONCORA vocalist Jermaine Woodard, Jr., baritone. All proceeds support CONCORA's performance of the Saint Matthew Passion on March 25, 2018. The program includes selections by J.S. Bach (Preludes from the Well Tempered Clavier, an aria from the Saint Matthew Passion, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5) and C.P.E. Bach (movements from a harpsichord concerto arranged for two clavichords). Tickets are just $10-$30 and are on sale now.
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 6-9PM Porter Memorial 75 Main Street, Farmington CT
CONCORA’s Friends of Bach invite you to enjoy an evening of Wine, Jazz, & Song on Saturday,January 20, 2018, from 6-9 PM, in the lovely Porter Memorial at First Church, 75 Main Street, Farmington. THE SIR WILLIAM TRIO and vocalists from CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) will offer their interpretations of jazz standards, selections from the American songbook, and much more. Enjoy fine wines, plentiful, delectable hors d’oeuvre, 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 performance of J.S. Bach's Saint Matthew Passion on March 25, 018. Seating is limited at this special event. Tickets are already selling, so reserve your seats soon online or contact the CONCORA office. Tickets are $50 per person and are on sale now. Snow date: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6-9 pm.
It’s not too late to enjoy the Summer Festival concert! The exciting August 5 performance was recorded, and we are pleased to offer this live concert recording of the Festival Chorus for sale. Please visit the recordings page of CONCORA’s website or contact the CONCORA office for more information and to place your order for this and other CONCORA recordings.
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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.