"Haunting and deeply moving" --Chris Shepard, Artistic Director
Join us on Sunday, April 29 at 4PM, when CONCORA concludes the 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.
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.
You may order tickets 24/7 at CONCORA's secure ticket site, or contact the CONCORA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-293-0567. Tickets will also be available at the door. Advance purchase is recommended for preferred seating. Single tickets are $10-$55. Group rates are available for general admission adult and senior tickets purchased in advance in groups of 8 or more. To use your LetsGoArts card, contact the CONCORA office.
CONCORA singer and Director of Operations Christine Laird passed away on March 16, 2018 after a time of illness. You may read Artistic Director Chris Shepard's lovely tribute to Christine's life and artistry HERE. You may read Christine's obituary HERE.
A memorial service to celebrate Christine's rich artistic and community-spirited life will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 11:00am, at South Church, 90 Main Street, New Britain, where Christine served as soprano section leader and soloist for more than twenty years, and where she was Managing Director of the Music Series at South Church, one of the most distinguished church music series in the region.
A few days ago, WWUH radio classical host Steve Petke, a long-time friend of CONCORA and a tireless advocate of good music in our area, wrote to let us know that he will offer a musical memorial to Christine on his regular Thursday evening radio program. Tune in to WWUH 91.3FM or wwuh.org this Thursday April 5 between 4pm-7:30pm, when Steve will play a recording of CONCORA in concert (2006) performing Michael Tippett's arrangement of "Go Down, Moses" — with Christine singing the soaring soprano solo.
By coincidence, CONCORA will perform the entire set of spirituals from Tippett's A Child of Our Time, including "Go Down, Moses," on the April 29 concert, when the major work on the program, the Mozart Requiem, will be sung in Christine's memory. (Details about this concert are shown above.)
We are told that the Hartford Courant plans to publish a tribute to Christine in an upcoming installment in the paper's "Extraordinary Life" series.
From all of us at CONCORA
Thank you for the countless messages of sympathy and condolence that so many of you have sent via email, on Facebook, and in private correspondence, to share your grief and offer words of comfort as we all mourn together the loss of Christine Laird from our lives. If you have not yet received a personal reply, it is because we are busy completing the many tasks that Christine had to lay down when she became ill in January.
One person wrote to remind us all that "the best way to remember Christine and sustain her legacy is to keep singing the great choral masterworks." Though we know this to be true, still, it has been difficult and disorienting to produce three major concerts—and our biggest fundraiser of the season coming up next week, the sort of project on which she worked tirelessly—without her guiding hand. We look for (and find) solace in the music, and in the knowledge that when we sing for all of you, we are continuing her work and honoring her memory.
Cast your superstitions aside and join CONCORA on Friday, April 13th for an enchanted evening of music, dancing, fine food, cocktails, and live and silent auctions! Co-hosts Jermaine Woodard Jr. and Cynthia Mellon will be joined by DJ Mark Castillo, with live entertainment provided by members of CONCORA, including national musical theater performer Thomas Craig Buckley at the piano. Enjoy hors d’ouevres, dinner, coffee and dessert with cash bar. Tickets are just $80 per person; reservations are required.Tickets will remain on sale until midnight on Tuesday, April 10. Visit CONCORA's secure ticket site to reserve tickets. Don't wait too long, or you'll be out of luck!
Try Your Luck Now! Play the CONCORA Raffle
Are you feeling lucky? Yes? Then try your luck with tickets for CONCORA's "You're in LUCK!" fundraising raffle!
First prize is a $1,000 VISA gift card,2nd prize is a $500 VISA gift card, and 3rd prize is a pair of subscriptions (preferred seating) to CONCORA's 2018-2019 season. The drawing takes place on Friday, April 13th at the gala at the Pond House Cafe. Raffle tickets are just $5 and will be available at CONCORA's concert this Sunday, March 25, and will also be sold at the gala on April 13. To order tickets, write to email@example.com leave a message at the CONCORA office at 860-293-0567 . You can't win if you don't play! (The winner need not be present at the gala to win, but you wouldn't want to miss all the fun!)
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.