Don't miss the next concert on February 11 when Masses Ancient & Modern will soar in Trinity College Chapel, Hartford
CONCORA continues the 2017-2018 Masterworks Season on Sunday, February 11, with an afternoon concert at Trinity College Chapel in Hartford. Tickets are selling quickly for this popular annual program; don't wait to reserve your seats!
Masses Ancient and Modern Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:00PM Trinity College Chapel – 300 Summit Street – Hartford CT
To present the next concert in this season's Masterworks series, CONCORA returns to Trinity College Chapel in Hartford, where the ensemble has performed sold-out programs in each of the last two seasons. On Sunday, February 11, a 24-voice ensemble will offer beautiful and inspiring settings of the ancient Mass text that will soar beneath the Chapel’s spectacular Gothic arches.
The program opens with timeless Gregorian chant, in a complete presentation of Missa Orbis factor, one of the most highly-regarded mass settings of the Solemnes tradition. Renaissance polyphony is represented by the four-voice setting of 16th-century Tudor composer William Byrd, music that remains fresh after more than four centuries. In his Mass for Double Choir, Swiss composer Frank Martin fuses the linear textures of Gregorian chant with highly-charged choral polyphony in a setting that is in turns contemplative, exultant, somber, and glorious.
Reserve tickets soon, as seating is limited.
Snow date: Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:30pm, at Trinity College Chapel
Enjoy this recording from CONCORA's 2016 concert at Trinity College Chapel
Wiliam Byrd Ave Verum Corpus
CONCORA Chris Shepard, Artistic Director
A Note about "Masses Ancient & Modern" from Artistic Director Chris Shepard
In this season where CONCORA is exploring the masterworks of the choral repertoire, we cannot possibly leave out settings of the Christian Mass text. Nearly every major composer has wrestled with this text, even the agnostic, atheist, and non-Christian among them.
The ancient Mass text provides a reference point for every period of Western music, from the simple plainchant settings of the early Middle Ages to the most complex modern settings from the last hundred years. Setting the Mass text has become one of the few ways that composers can measure themselves against their musical forebears, charting new paths while often making reference to the repertoire that precedes them. Please join CONCORA at Trinity College Chapel on February 11 to hear three magnificent settings of this timeless text: the exuberant chant of Missa Orbis factor; William Byrd's flowing Mass for Four Voices, and Frank Martin's fervent Mass for Double Choir.
Another recording of CONCORA singing at Trinity College Chapel -- so beautiful!
More insights from Artistic Director Chris Shepard about how Gregorian chant infuses the music of "Masses Ancient and Modern"
A feature about the extraordinary creatures featured in the promotional images shown above for "Masses Ancient and Modern." Any guesses? Reply to this email if you know what this is, and where it is, and what it means! From among all the reasonably correct answers we receive by midnight on Monday, February 5, we will draw one entry at random to receive a pair of tickets to CONCORA's performance of the Mozart Requiem on April 29 at 4:00PM at Saint James's Episcopal Church in West Hartford.
CONCORA’s season is made possible by the generosity of 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 Andrew J. Sloper Music Fund, the Saunders Foundation, The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Connecticut DECD Office of the Arts, The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, the City of New Britain Commission on the Arts, and the Robert C. Vance Foundation, as well as many other foundations and individuals.