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Act soon to reserve your seats to hear CONCORA sing this Sunday, February 11, at 4PM at Trinity College Chapel in Hartford. Tickets are selling quickly! Scroll down for information on tickets, directions, parking, and more! And we have a lucky winner in the contest to name the fantastic beast that graces the concert promos!
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Reserve TIckets now for Masses Ancient and Modern

Masses Ancient and Modern
Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:00PM
Trinity College Chapel 300 Summit Street  Hartford CT
 
Gregorian chant: Missa Orbis factor
William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir

 
Reserve tickets soon, as seating is limited.
Order tickets online now at CONCORA's secure ticket site
Or contact the CONCORA office: contact@concora.org or 860-293-0567

Snow date: Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:30pm, at Trinity College Chapel
Doors are opened and seating begins 45 minutes before the start of the concert.
CONCORA in concert at Trinity College Chapel
under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Shepard
Here's what people had to say about CONCORA's recent performances at Trinity College Chapel:

"Breathtakingly beautiful"
"On a par with Pomerium and the Tallis Scholars"
"An extraordinary acoustic and visual experience"
CONCORA in Concert at Trinity College Chapel, 2016
Be part of this extraordinary acoustic and visual experience! Click here to reserve tickets.
Tickets — Directions Parking

Tickets: Tickets are on sale now and will also be available at at the door, beginning at 3:15PM. Online sales will continue until concert time. Advance purchase is recommended as we are expecting a capacity audience. Buy tickets online at our secure ticket site (CLICK HEREor contact the CONCORA office (860-293-0567 or contact@concora.org). before noon on February 11.

E-Tickets: 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.

Directions: Trinity College Chapel is at 300 Summit Street in Hartford. Click on the map or picture of Trinity College Chapel shown below to open Google maps for this location.

Parking: Parking is available on Summit Street and Vernon Street.

Entry: Enter the Chapel through the largest door at the west end.

Please note: Doors are opened and seating begins at 3:15PM. The program lasts about 70 minutes and will be performed without intermission. There will be a two-minute pause between the Byrd and Martin masses.
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We have a winner in the contest to figure out this fantastic beast!

What IS this fantastic beast, we asked? And what's it doing in the promo for CONCORA's "Masses Ancient and Modern" at Trinity College on February 11? We invited you to take a guess at what this is, and where it may be seen, and why we chose it for this concert. We received some interesting guesses, including wolf, hybrid, and qilin (we had to look that one up!), but no one guessed it. The best answer came from CONCORA listener Pamela Sorensen, who won two tickets to hear CONCORA sing the Mozart Requiem on April 29 in West Hartford.
This is a panther. It's one of a pair of iron door mounts from the bell tower of the Romanesque church of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, near Limoges, France. The mounts, believed to date from the 11th century, now grace the doors of the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In medieval bestiaries (collections of tales about areal and imaginary nimals), the panther was described as sending forth sweet-smelling breath that attracted other animals to follow it. (The curling fronds in the image represent the sweet odor.) The early Christian Church used this legend as a metaphor for Christ: as animals follow the panther's sweet breath, so should people follow the teachings of Christ. And this made the panther an apt decoration for a bell tower, from which the sweet sounds of bells would draw people to worship. During Mass they would have heard chants of the same type as the Missa Orbis factor; and so the sweet-breathing panther is also an apt image for this concert.

 

Did you know that there is a bestiary of sorts in Trinity College Chapel? Come a few minutes early for CONCORA’s concert on February 11, or linger afterwards, and look inside the chancel, at the end of the sanctuary opposite the organ. In the carved wall paneling look for medallions that depict a variety of beasts. If you look closely in the right side of the chancel, you will find a panther, described in a guide to this Chapel as "the friendliest of medieval beasts."

 

Though none of the answers we received named the beast or its location, Pam's entry included this winning insight: "Why is it with CONCORA? Iron is a strong element yet molds and bends and shapes to the master's (artist's) talent, manipulation and will...just like music. Perfection is in the master's hands and it is timeless; as Chris Shepard says, 'artistic detail and durability remain fresh and compelling.' This serves both art and choral music." Congratulations, Pam!

Read more about this panther, and its origins, and find links to some resources about Trinity College Chapel, at CONCORA's website, along with the other essays we've posted about the metalwork imagery associated with the 2017-2018 Masterworks Season.
Tickets are on sale now for the remaining concerts in CONCORA's Masterworks Season
Bach
Saint Matthew Passion

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 4:00PM
Immanuel Congregational Church
Hartford, CT
Mozart
Requiem

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00PM
St James's Episcopal Church
West Hartford, CT
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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.