More than 100 choral singers from across the region will participate in CONCORA’s 2017 Summer Festival, “Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks.” Rehearsals begin on July 30, and the Festival concludes with a public concert on Saturday, August 5, 4:00 PM, at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, CT. Join us for favorite choral gems by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and more!
“I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish!” — Comment from a member of the audience at the 2016 Summer Festival concert
CONCORA Summer Festival Concert
Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks with CONCORA and Chris Shepard
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 4:00 PM Bethany Covenant Church
785 Mill Street, Berlin CT
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 traveling 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,” Chris explained. “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 Summer 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 Chris. "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 just $10-$30 and are on sale now at CONCORA's secure ticket site or by contacting the CONCORA office (info below). Tickets will also 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. Click the image or map below to open an interactive Google map.
In the 2017-2018 season, CONCORA celebrates masterworks of the choral art, with fresh interpretations of music that many consider the greatest examples of the genre, including the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart and Bach’s monumental Saint Matthew Passion, all under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Shepard.
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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: 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.