Join us TODAY Sunday, April 29 at 4PM, when CONCORA concludes the 2017-2018 Masterworks Season with a very special performance of Mozart's profoundly beautiful Requiem in the resonant sanctuary of Saint James's Episcopal Church in West Hartford.

Some tickets are still available; door sales open at 3:15pm, and online sales will continue until 4PM. Order tickets 24/7 here:
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Mozart Requiem
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00PM
St James's Episcopal Church
1018 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT
What is it about Mozart’s Requiem that makes it a perennial favorite? From the time the Requiem was completed in 1792 by Mozart’s student Franz Süssmayer, it has never been out of the repertoire. Perhaps the appeal lies in its sheer beauty and the intimacy, not always apparent in large-scale performances, with which Mozart sets this timeless text.

With characteristic genius and grace, Mozart connects musical and spiritual realms, and by overlaying the natural restraints of neoclassicism with the passion of Romanticism, he depicts in music the peace of eternal rest alongside the bone-chilling fear of eternal torment. Composed just as Mozart was reaching the height of his creative powers, the Requiem offers exquisite melodies, rich orchestration, and a dramatic sweep that remain compelling after more than two centuries.

The program also includes Michael Tippett's Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time, stunning arrangements of African-American spirituals that form the structural pillars of this World War II oratorio. Artistic Director Chris Shepard says, "These appealing and effective arrangements are rightly considered masterworks of the twentieth century choral canon, combining the eternal power of African-American spirituals with the high artistic mastery of one of England’s great modern composers."
Reserve tickets now to hear CONCORA sing the Mozart Requiem today, April 29
Tickets are still available but are selling very quickly!

You may order tickets 24/7 at CONCORA's secure ticket site. Tickets will also be available at the door. Single tickets are $10-$55. Group rates are available for groups of 8 or more general admission adult or senior tickets purchased in advance. To use your LetsGoArts card, contact the CONCORA office. Advance purchase is recommended for preferred seating; most of the preferred seating for this event has already been reserved. 
What About those E-Tickets I got in my Email?
When you purchase tickets online for any CONCORA event, you will receive your PDF tickets via email. You may choose to print the tickets and bring them with you, or you may simply show your e-tickets on your electronic device. Your choice!

If you have purchased tickets in advance and have paper or e-tickets with you, you do not need to check in at the box office; just proceed to the concert space and an usher will assist you.

If you have purchased your tickets but do not have them with you, stop at the "Will Call" station at the box office; our volunteers will have a record of your ticket order.
Directions and Parking

The concert is at St James's Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave (Route 4)  in downtown West Hartford, CT.

There is plenty of free parking on streets around St James's Episcopal Church and in the Santander Bank parking lot on Walden Street. Accessible/handicapped parking is in the small church lot, and there is an entrance off that lot with an elevator to the sanctuary level. There are a few steps at the main front entrance to the church.

Enter the church through the big red doors facing Farmington Avenue, shown in the picture below.

Click on any of the images below to open Google Maps for this location.
There is plenty of free parking on streets around St James's Episcopal Church and in the Santander Bank parking lot on Walden Street.
Order tickets for the Mozart Requiem on Sunday, April 29
About the image used in the Mozart Requiem promotions

Perhaps you noticed that all the designs for this season's CONCORA concerts incorporated skillfully 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 offered 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.
The interesting object shown here caught our marketing volunteer's eye on a rainy day in the West Cloister of the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston, and its singular beauty immediately inspired its use it to promote today's concert.

As seen through the textured glass window, all distinction of time and place are rendered indistinct, yet the enduring grace and elegance of this object are clear.

Those who have visited the Gardiner Museum know that, in keeping with its preservation as a historic home, there are no informational placards such as there would be in a typical museum. So our volunteer wrote to a museum curator to enquire, and received this information: "Godfrey Evans, Keeper of Metalwork and Sculpture at the Royal Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, examined this piece. He said that the piece is missing its defining element which would have been above the cup just above center. It is [very likely a] north Italian bell casing (which would have had a hook from which the bell was suspended)." It is about three feet high and crafted of wrought iron.


Isabella Stewart Gardiner loved Italian culture and art and visited Italy often, bringing back with her the treasures that fill her Italianate-styled villa on Boston's Fenway. Just as the museum remains as an enduring record of her life-long passion for Italy art and style, so does Mozart's music, including the Requiem, convey the grace and elegance of Italian music, particularly the melodic riches of the Italian operatic style. 

The combination of straight structural elements with the arabesque, vine-like extensions inspired the use of a combination of fonts in the promotional image. On Sunday, listen particularly for the intertwining melodies of the Recordare, as four solo voices trace melodic patterns that are remarkably like the curving traceries of this intriguing object.

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CONCORA’s season is made possible by the generosity of 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 Andrew J. Sloper Music Fund, the Saunders Foundation, The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Connecticut DECD Office of the Arts, The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, the City of New Britain Commission on the Arts, and the Robert C. Vance Foundation, as well as many other foundations and individuals.