Greetings! Here's an update from CONCORA with news about:

The CONCORA Summer Festival - Singer registration is due by May 30!

The Summer Festival Concert is August 5 at 4PM - Save the date! Tickets go on sale June 1 for this program of choral favorites by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, and more.

CONCORA's 2017-2018 season - Tickets go on sale June 1 for CONCORA's exciting Masterworks season. Brahms, Bach, Mozart, and more!

CONCORA's Artistic Director Emeritus Richard Coffey - Rick invites you to a special service at South Church as he concludes his remarkable 45-year tenure there on Sunday, June 4.

A special offer from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for upcoming concerts featuring the Hartford Chorale, with CONCORA singers in featured solos!

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Applications are due by May 30 for the

CONCORA Summer Festival 2017

Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks
with CONCORA and Chris Shepard
July 30 through August 5, 2017
Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin CT

Singers: The Summer Festival opens on Sunday, July 30 and concludes with a public concert on Saturday, August 5, at 4PM. Amateur singers from high-school age through adult are invited to apply. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Details (including schedule and repertoire) and registration information are available on CONCORA's website:

Listeners: Tickets for the Summer Festival concert on Sunday August 5 (4PM) go on sale June 1.

Save the Dates!


2017-2018 SEASON

Tickets go on sale June 1, 2017

Brahms – A German Requiem

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4:00PM

South Church, New Britain CT

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:30PM

St John’s Episcopal Church, Stamford CT


Extraordinary Choral Masterworks

With choirs from area high schools
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:30PM

Hartford-area venue TBA


Masses Ancient and Modern

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 4:00PM

Trinity College Chapel, Hartford CT

Snow Date: Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:30PM


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

News from CONCORA's
Artistic Director Emeritus

Richard Coffey
In 1972, Richard Coffey was appointed Minister of Music and Organist at South Congregational Church in New Britain. Just two years later,  as an outgrowth of the still-vibrant Music Series at South Church, Rick established the South Church Choral Society, the region's first all-professional choral ensemble. In 1984, after ten years of remarkable growth and artistic development, the ensemble took on a new identity Connecticut Choral Artists, or CONCORA and the rest, as they say, is history.

For nearly half a century, Rick has led a distinguished music ministry at South Church, where many CONCORA singers have long served in the Chancel Choir as professional soloist-section leaders and as volunteers. Rick invites you to a special service at South Church as he concludes his remarkable 45-year tenure there on Sunday, June 4. A "Coffey hour" follows the service.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Sunday, June 4, 2017, marks the end of my tenure as Minister of Music at South Church, New Britain, a forty-five year span of time that often seems just recently to have begun.  I write to say that if you are free to attend that day’s service of worship, which begins at 10:30 a.m., it would be a great honor to have you join me in this time of praise to the Creator of all music, with others of the South Church congregation and wider community who can rejoice in what has been and eagerly await what lies ahead.
On that day, David Westfall, who in January stepped down as the South Church Organist, will be present to lend his inestimable talents, permitting the two of us to end together this long, fruitful time of service that he and I have shared and loved.
On that Day of Pentecost, the music includes the organ works “Vision of the Eternal Church” by Olivier Messiaen as the prelude, and the Prelude and Toccata from Maurice Duruflé’s Variations on “Veni Creator Spiritus” as the postlude.  At the offering, the Chancel Choir will sing the anthem, “How Can I Sing That Majesty?” The words are by John Mason, and the music, based on “Coe Fen,” is by John Ronald Daniels. The Communion rite is the Gerald Near Service in D Major for the Kyrie, Gloria in Excelsis, Sanctus, and Benedictus. At the sharing of the cup, we offer the “Agnus Dei” from Missa Gaia by Jim Scott and Paul Winter.
Hymns for the day are “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven” (Lauda Anima), “Come Down, O Love Divine” (Down Ampney), “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song” (Bridegroom), and “God of Grace, and God of Glory” (Cwm Rhondda). 
Come, if you can, to lend your mind, voice, and heart to a day of praise and prayer.
Fondly and gratefully,
Rick Coffey
South Church is located at 90 Main Street in New Britain. Free parking is available in the municipal garage on Chestnut Street, next to the Police Station, just a few steps away from the church. Accessible parking is available in the small parking lot next to the church. Some free parking is also available on nearby streets. The church's website offers information on parking, childcare, accessibility, and more:

CLICK HERE to find South Church on Google Maps.
Here's a special offer from our friends at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for upcoming concerts that feature the Hartford Chorale and several CONCORA vocal soloists.


Special discount offer from the HSO!

Choral Fantasy and Mystical Songs

Friday, June 9, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017

Belding Theater at The Bushnell, Hartford

Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm
A pre-concert talk begins one hour prior to curtain each day.



Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Haydn Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese

Beethoven Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80, “Choral Fantasy”

Ravel Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)

Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs



Adam Kerry Boyles, conductor

Alexander Moutouzkine, piano

John Hancock, baritone

Hartford Chorale, Richard Coffey, Music Director

Hartford Chorale soloists (CONCORA singers!)

Christine Laird, soprano

Claudia Ayer, soprano

Katie Hart mezzo-soprano

Jack Pott, tenor

Dylan Koerner, tenor

Jermaine Woodard, Jr. baritone


For more information and to order tickets, visit the HSO’s website HERE or call 860-987-5900.

Discount from the HSO for CONCORA friends! Use the promo code CHORAL to receive 20% off tickets for this concert series.


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