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Be Part of the Tradition! Reserve your Seats for "Christmas with CONCORA"
A holiday audio gift from CONCORA to wish you

We're sharing a few “audio gifts” from the recent "Extraordinary Concert" for you to enjoy.  A few days ago we sent a gift for JOY - Ed Tyler's sizzling arrangement of "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel."

Now, here is a gift to share the PEACE of the season: Daniel Gawthrop’s poignant “Sing Me to Heaven,” sung by CONCORA and conducted by Lorri Cetto, Director of Choral Activities at Hall High School (West Hartford).

Click here to listen.
There's still time to to hear us in person! While you’re listening, click here to reserve your seats for “Christmas with CONCORA” on December 10.
Members of CONCORA's wonderful audience enjoying "Christmas in New England" (2008)

We've posted the entire "Christmas with CONCORA" series below.

Which of these concerts did you attend?

Did any of you
attend them all?

What’s your favorite memory of a "Christmas with CONCORA" concert?

Send your memory to by December 6 (it's easy - just reply to this email) and we’ll include it in our next newsletter.

Make “Christmas with CONCORA!”
part of your holiday tradition!

This Saturday evening, December 10, when CONCORA and Artistic Director Chris Shepard present "Christmas with CONCORA," the concert will feel like a homecoming of sorts.
The program itself – favorite carols in sparkling settings from the Oxford Carols for Choirs collections — includes some of the world’s best-known carols in much-loved arrangements.
Then there’s the concert setting – the warm and welcoming sanctuary of First Lutheran Church in downtown New Britain, site of many CONCORA concerts over the years.
Finally, there’s the whole idea of “Christmas with CONCORA” – the magical combination of beautiful music, a warm holiday spirit, and of course, the traditional sing-along, where many listeners will “strike the harp and join the chorus” while others will revel in the glory of many voices raised in song.

The concert on December 10 is the 26th edition of “Christmas with CONCORA,” a tradition begun in 1989 by CONCORA’s founding Artistic Director Richard Coffey. Over more than a quarter century, CONCORA singers and audiences have enjoyed some of the world’s best music to celebrate the Christmas season, from anonymous medieval chants to newly-commissioned works, from small musical moments to grand masterworks (including Handel's Messiah), and from the sublime to the ridiculous (anyone remember the lovably silly Pie Carols? We do!). What riches!
For this year’s edition of “Christmas with CONCORA,” Chris Shepard has chosen a sleigh-full of arrangements from the beloved Carols for Choirs collection published by Oxford University Press. These are the best of the best – elegant, warm, and utterly memorable. You’ll be humming these lovely tunes for days.
During a time of year known for its hustle and bustle, Chris is hoping that listeners will experience “Christmas with CONCORA” as a time of respite and peace. “Although the holiday season should rightly be a time of peace, joy, and good will, it can too often be a time of obligation, stress, and frenetic activity,” he said. “This concert will provide our audience with a time of reflection, a break from an otherwise whirlwind season.”
For many CONCORA friends, this traditional concert is a cherished entrée to the holiday season. Make "Christmas with CONCORA" part of your holiday tradition, too! Reserve your seats now for this popular concert.

Christmas with CONCORA
Saturday, December 10, 2016, ​7:30 PM

First Lutheran Church, 77 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT
Snow Date: Monday, December 12, 7:00 PM
Click here for tickets and information or contact the CONCORA office at 860-293-0567 or

Christmas with CONCORA:
A Beloved Tradition

2016 – Christmas with CONCORA XXVI: Favorite Christmas Carols
Just a few days away on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 pm
Be part of the tradition!

2013 – Christmas with CONCORA XXV: Artists’ Choice

2012 – Christmas with CONCORA XXIV
Handel’s Messiah with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

2011 – Christmas with CONCORA XXIII: Christmas through the Ages

2010 – Christmas with CONCORA XXII: A Scandinavian Christmas

2009 – Christmas with CONCORA XXI: Christmas in the Americas

2008 – Christmas with CONCORA XX: Christmas in New England

2007 – Christmas with CONCORA XIX:
Christmas with the Women of CONCORA

2006 – Christmas with CONCORA XVIII: Bach Christmas Oratorio (part 2)
with the Hartford Chorale and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

2005 – Christmas with CONCORA XVII: Dancing Day

2004 – Christmas with CONCORA XVI: Bach Christmas Oratorio (part 1)
with the Hartford Chorale and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

2003 – Christmas with CONCORA XV: Singers’ Choice

2002 – Christmas with CONCORA XIV: An American Christmas

2001 – Christmas with CONCORA XIII: Caroler’s Delight

2000 – Christmas with CONCORA XII: An Alpine Christmas

1999 – Christmas with CONCORA XI: A Retro Christmas

1998 – Christmas with CONCORA X: Christmas in France

1997 – Christmas with CONCORA IX: Christmas in the Old World

1996 – Christmas with CONCORA VIII: Christmas in Our Time

1995 – Christmas with CONCORA VII: Potpourri

1994 – Christmas with CONCORA VI: Christmas in England

1993 – Christmas with CONCORA V: Christmas in Scandinavia

1992 – Christmas with CONCORA IV: Christmas in the New World

1991 – Christmas with CONCORA III

1990 – Christmas with CONCORA II

1989 – Christmas with CONCORA I
Be Part of the Tradition! Reserve your Seats for "Christmas with CONCORA"
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