CONCORA (and friends!) sing
Extraordinary Choral Masterworks
Saturday, November 18 2017, 7:30PM
Saint Thomas the Apostle Church
872 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT
“What a treat to sit and be bathed in glorious sound! The young voices were so fresh and clear and the ensemble sound quite breathtaking. The variety of musical offerings was a delight to the listener and perfectly suited to that grand space.”
Continuing a long tradition of inclusion and outreach, CONCORA will be joined by gifted Connecticut choirs from high schools in Bristol, Ledyard, and Litchfield to present a program of selections from choral masterworks. Participating high school choirs include:
Bristol Central High School Madrigal Singers
David Nelson, Choral Music Teacher
Ledyard High School Chamber Choir
Melanie Wade Cometa, Director of Choral Activities
Litchfield High School Chamber Choir
Peter Perkins, Director
This is the eleventh edition of the “Extraordinary Concert” series, which began in 1993 as part of CONCORA’s education and outreach programming.
CONCORA’s Artistic Director Chris Shepard has collaborated with the three high school directors in choosing the concert repertoire and planning and leading rehearsals, including meeting with each choir in its school setting. CONCORA and the high school choirs will rehearse independently, then all the musicians will come together for joint rehearsals prior to the public concert on Saturday, November 18.
The concert opens with “solo” performances by each of the high school choirs led by their directors. Chris Shepard will then lead the CONCORA professional ensemble in excerpts from masterworks by Handel, Bernstein, and Mendelssohn, along with classics of the choral repertoire by Lauridsen and Whitacre and arrangements of folk songs and spirituals by Parker, Bartholomew, and Dawson. Two of the high school choir directors will take a “solo” turn to conduct CONCORA’s professional singers. Peter Perkins, director of the Litchfield Chamber Choir, will lead CONCORA in Gabriel Fauré’s ravishingly beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine, while Melanie Wade Cometa, Director of Choral Activities at Ledyard High School, will direct CONCORA in “Ye Shall Have a Song” from Randall Thompson’s landmark work, The Peaceable Kingdom. The program concludes with all singers joining to perform three movements of the Mozart Requiem with CONCORA, with Chris Shepard conducting.
For many of the young singers, this concert will be their first opportunity to collaborate with professional musicians, and may be their first experience with this enduring repertoire and with singing in an acoustically resplendent space like Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.
Tickets are on sale now ($10-$55) and will also be available at the door. Advance purchase is recommended for preferred seating. Bring some friends and take advantage of group rates for parties of eight or more adult and senior general admission tickets (advance sales only, please).