More than 100 choral singers from across the region will participate in CONCORA’s 2017 Summer Festival, “Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks.” The Festival concludes with a public concert on Saturday, August 5, 4:00 PM, at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, CT.
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More than 100 singers will join CONCORA August 5 to perform classic choral masterworks

The 18th annual Summer Festival concert is "a feast of favorites for singers and audience"
Choral singers from across the region will join the professional vocalists of CONCORA on Saturday, August 5, at 4:00 PM, to present a concert of classical choral masterworks at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, CT. The concert, conducted by CONCORA’s Artistic Director Chris Shepard, is the culmination of CONCORA’s 18th annual Summer Festival, a week-long gathering dedicated to exploration and enjoyment of beautiful choral music. The 2017 Summer Festival Choir includes more than 100 singers from across Connecticut, with some coming from nearby states.
Now in its 18th season, CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers amateur singers an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform with CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the region’s oldest and best-known professional choir. In several sessions over the course of the week, participants rehearse with Artistic Director Chris Shepard and an ensemble of CONCORA’s professional singers, enjoying three festive social events along the way. The concert, given on the final day of the Festival, August 5, provides the singers an opportunity to share with the public the music they have prepared – and come to love – during the week.
“CONCORA’s upcoming concert season centers on the great choral masterworks, and we thought it would be great to fold the Summer Festival into the season-long focus on larger-scale repertoire,” said Shepard. “To that end, we’ve selected a Summer Festival concert that offers excerpts from some of the best choral masterworks, many of them selected from the programs that CONCORA will perform as the 2017-2018 season unfolds. It’s really a feast of favorites for singers and audience. And of course, that’s why this beautiful, uplifting music endures in its popularity – because singers love to perform it, and because audiences come to hear it again and again.”

The 108-voice Festival Choir will present favorite excerpts from masterworks by Bach (Saint Matthew Passion and Magnificat), Handel (Zadok the Priest), Mozart (Requiem), Haydn (Creation), Beethoven (Mass in C), Vivaldi (Gloria), Brahms (Requiem), Mendelssohn (Elijah), Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle), and Fauré (Requiem).
The vocal soloists, drawn from CONCORA’s professional roster, include Stacey Grimaldi and Jennifer Ferrand-Kelly, sopranos; Cynthia Mellon, mezzo-soprano; Mark Child and Peter Perkins, tenors; and Patrick Nay, Edward Tyler, and Alexander Patrie, bass-baritones. Pianist Allan Conway is the featured accompanist.
The Summer Festival choir includes ten choral scholars, talented singers of high school and college age selected for their musical abilities and recommended by their music teachers and local choir directors.

"These terrific young singers are an essential part of the Festival Choir," said Shepard. "For most of them, this will be the first time they will have experienced singing this magnificent music in a large ensemble. It can be a life-changing experience. And they bring a special kind of energy and freshness to the adult ensemble that the audience enjoys as much as we do."
Tickets for the August 5 Festival concert are on sale now at and will be available at the door on the day of the concert. Seating begins at 3:15 PM.
Bethany Covenant Church, at 785 Mill Street in Berlin, CT, is fully accessible and air-conditioned, with ample free, off-street parking.
About CONCORA’s Artistic Director Chris Shepard
Chris Shepard has served as CONCORA’s Artistic Director since 2015, succeeding founder Richard Coffey in that role. He also serves as Music Director of the Worcester Chorus and the Masterwork Chorus of Morristown, New Jersey. With these choirs, Chris has performed a wide range of repertoire, collaborating with a number of major orchestras in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
A conductor with a particular affinity for the choral music of J.S. Bach, Chris founded the Sydneian Bach Choir in Sydney, Australia, an ensemble that has performed all of Bach’s choral cantatas as well as all of his major choral works. He has taught at the Taft School, Sydney Grammar School and Holy Cross College. A pianist and keyboard continuist, Chris holds degrees from the Hartt School and the Yale School of Music, and the University of Sydney. His PhD dissertation won the American Choral Directors Association’s 2012 Julius Herford Prize for outstanding doctoral thesis in choral music.
A fuller bio of Chris Shepard is available
About CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists)
Acclaimed as Connecticut’s oldest and best-known professional choir, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) presents masterful performances of the world’s finest choral music. Since its founding in 1974, CONCORA has held a unique place in the arts community as Connecticut’s premier professional choir, and has built an extraordinary reputation for artistic excellence throughout New England. Under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Shepard, the ensemble’s versatility is displayed in its wide range of repertoire and in the selection of the choir’s singers to produce an extraordinary range of choral color and dynamic range for each program and performance space.
CONCORA’s educational outreach program includes several highly successful projects. CONCORA extends special invitations to other choruses, especially children’s, high school and college ensembles, as a regular part of its concert programming, particularly the “Extraordinary Concerts,” where the ensemble collaborates with select high school choirs. CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers adult singers from the community and select high school and college singers an opportunity to join with CONCORA in rehearsing and performing great choral works. For children, the CONCORA-to-Go quartet presents an interactive, multicultural program, “Around the World in Music,” performed in area elementary schools and public libraries.
More information about CONCORA is available at

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CONCORA Artistic Director Chris Shepard
Photo by Kevin Andersen
CONCORA Summer Festival Chorus in concert

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: Aetna, Matching Gifts; American Savings Foundation; Bank of America, Matching Gifts; J. Walton Bissell Foundation; Citizens Bank, Matching Gifts; City of New Britain, Commission on the Arts; Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation; Fundraising Solutions; Ensworth Charitable Foundation; Greater Hartford Arts Council; Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation; Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Robert C. Vance Charitable Foundation; SBM Charitable Foundation; Truist, Matching Gifts; United Way of Rhode Island, Matching Gifts; UTC Goodrich, Matching Gifts; William and Alice Mortensen Foundation; William T. Sloper Trust for Andrew J. Sloper Musical Fund.

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