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What's up next for CONCORA? Plenty!
The intimate Bach ClavierFest on November 3, featuring CONCORA baritone Jermaine Woodard, Jr.
A second performance of the Brahms Requiem on November 4 in Stamford
The eleventh in the popular Extraordinary Concert series on November 18, where the present meets the future, as talented choirs from three Connecticut high schools join CONCORA for an evening of classic choral masterworks

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Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:30 PM
Saint Mark the Evangelist Church
467 Quaker Lane, West Hartford, CT

 
CONCORA's Friends of Bach presents an engaging program of music by Johann Sebastian Bach (including Brandenburg Concerto No. 5), Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, Henry Purcell, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, and George Frederic Handel, performed on harpsichords, clavichords, and positive organ. Featured performers include keyboardists Edward Clark, Christa Rakich, and Stephen Gamboa-Diaz, with guest artists Emlyn Ngai, baroque violin; Andrea LeBlanc, baroque flute; Alice Robbins, baroque cello; and a special appearance by CONCORA vocalist Jermaine Woodard, Jr., baritone, who will present a recitative and aria from Bach's Saint Matthew Passion. All proceeds support CONCORA's performance of the Saint Matthew Passion on March 25, 2018. Tickets are just $10-$30 and are on sale now. Last year's event had a capacity audience; get your tickets soon. Click on the image or map below to open Google maps for this location.
Stay tuned! In next week's issue of this newsletter, look for an interview with baritone Jermaine Woodard, Jr., the featured vocal soloist in this year's ClavierFest. Jermaine will share his insights as he prepares to present an aria from Bach's Saint Matthew Passion. Jermaine is becoming well-known for his committed performances and warm baritone timbre; his presentation of this Bach aria is sure to be something special. Do you have your ticket yet?
Reserve your ticket now to hear Jermaine Woodard, Ed Clark, Krista Rakich and friends present the ClavierFest on November 3 in West Hartford
Special Repeat Performance!
Brahms Requiem
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:30PM
St John's Episcopal Church
628 Main Street, Stamford CT
 
"Beautiful, moving, delicate AND powerful"  
"Wonderful!"  
"Stunning!!"
"A very powerful performance!"

That's what members of the audience had to say about CONCORA's October 15 performance of one of the most enduring works in the choral repertoire, Brahms’ German Requiem. Did you miss it? You have another chance to hear it on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 PM, as Chris Shepard leads a repeat performance at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Stamford, where he is the director of music. The program also includes a lesser-known Brahms choral masterwork, Nänie, a poignant, achingly beautiful, but ultimately consoling elegy. The concert, which is presented as part of Saint John’s 275th celebration, also serves as a memorial to parishioners and other loved ones who have passed away. As part of this remembrance, an abundance of red flowers will be available before the concert; members of the audience may take a flower in place it in a special vase as an act of remembrance. All are welcome to participate. No tickets are required for this concert; donations will be accepted at the door. Click on the image or map below to open Google maps for this location.
One of CONCORA's most exciting concerts of the year
is just around the corner! Here's where the present meets the future, where fresh young voices combine with CONCORA's seasoned sounds to produce something Extraordinary! If you haven't experienced this concert before, prepare to be dazzled!
 
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).
Click here to reserve your tickets to hear CONCORA (and three fine young choirs!) sing Extraordinary Choral Masterworks on November 18 at 7:30PM in West Hartford
SAVE THE DATE!
CONCORA is planning a party and you're invited!
Friday, April 13, 2018, 6-10PM
The Pond House
1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT

Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet, cash bar, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by vocalists from CONCORA. Save the date - more info is coming soon!
Join the conversation on CONCORA's social media pages! We post new content nearly every day, with news and notes of interest to lovers of classical music, choral music and singing, and the arts.
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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: 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 William T. Sloper Trust for the Andrew J. Sloper Music Fund; the State of Connecticut, with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation; the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation; the City of New Britain Commission on the Arts; the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation; and the Robert C. Vance Charitable Foundation.
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