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CONCORA Media Contact: Christine Laird
PHONE 860-293-0567
CONCORA, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06103


Tickets now on Sale for September 23 "ClavierFest" concert of Baroque keyboard instruments presented by CONCORA's Friends of Bach --- PLUS: Registration is ongoing for a free, hands-on “Keyboards of Bach” demonstration event on September 24.
Two complementary events celebrate and explore keyboard instruments of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.

HARTFORD AND NEW BRITAIN, CONN. (August 30, 2016) — Tickets are now on sale at for the 2016 edition of ClavierFest, a lively concert of keyboard and vocal music by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries presented by CONCORA’s Friends of Bach auxiliary. The concert will take place on Friday, September 23, 2016, at 7:30 PM, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, in Hartford, Connecticut. A hands-on demonstration of the keyboard instruments, The Keyboards of Bach, takes place on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10 AM to noon, also at Trinity Episcopal Church. CORRECTION NOTE: An earlier release had an incorrect date for The Keyboards of Bach event; the correct date is September 24, 2016, from 10AM to noon.
In the ClavierFest concert on September 23, keyboardists Edward Clark and Christa Rakich, with guest artist Stephen Gamboa, will be joined by Andrea LeBlanc (transverse flute), Emily Hale (Baroque violin), Alice Robbins (viola da gamba), and Thomas Buckley, countertenor, to perform music by three members of the Bach family and George Philip Telemann.
The program includes several selections by J.S. Bach: the Violin Sonata No. 4 in f minor (BWV 1018); “Sonata sopr' il soggetto reale” and “Ricercar à 6” from the Musical Offering (BWV 1079); and the Sinfonia and an aria, “Stirb in mir,” both from Cantata BWV 169, Gott soll allein mein Herze haben. Two other members of the Bach family are represented with the Flute sonata in D major (1747) by Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach and the Sonata No. 4 in C major (four hands) by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach. The program opens with the Sonata in F (harpsichord) by Georg Philip Telemann.
The keyboard music will be performed on reproductions of Baroque-period keyboard instruments including harpsichords, organ, lautenwerk (a rarely-heard lute-harpsichord with a unique sound) and clavichord (a small keyboard instrument with a very soft sound). The instruments are hand-crafted by expert makers, with beautiful carvings and painted decorations that enhance the musical experience.
ClavierFest Keyboard Concert
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church
120 Sigourney Street
Hartford, Connecticut
Tickets: $25 for general seating, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students. 2-for-1 general seating tickets are available with Let*s Go! Arts card. Tickets are available at the CONCORA website or by phone at 860-293-0567 or at the door on the evening of the concert.

The Keyboards of Bach
Explore! Experience! Enjoy!
Keyboard experts Edward Clark and Christa Rakich invite music lovers of all ages to The Keyboards of Bach, a free, fun-filled, close-up, hands-on opportunity to explore, experience, and enjoy several different types of keyboard instruments that were played in the 17th and 18th centuries by Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and play the different instruments, including harpsichords, organ, lautenwerk (a lute-harpsichord with a unique sound, rarely heard) and clavichord (a small keyboard instrument with a very soft sound). The instruments are hand-crafted by expert makers, with beautiful carvings and painted decorations that enhance the musical experience.
The event is FREE with advance registration.
“The Keyboards of Bach” Demonstration
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00 AM to noon
Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford Connecticut
Free – Open to all (kids, too!). Pre-registration required 860-293-0567 or Space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
“The Keyboards of Bach” is co-sponsored by the Hartford Chapter of the Connecticut Music Teachers Association and the Hartford Music Teachers Alliance
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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Ed Clark or Christa Rakich, please contact Christine Laird, 860-293-0567
Photos of Ed Clark, Christa Rakich, Stephen Gamboa, a harpsichord, and  young musicians participating in the “Keyboards of Bach” event are attached below.
About CONCORA’s Friends of Bach
Through its annual presentations of the ClavierFest, the Friends of Bach raises funds to support CONCORA’s annual performances of the choral music of J.S. Bach. This season, the ClavierFest concert on September 23 will support CONCORA’ presentation of Bach’s Cantatas 29, 190, and 191 on Sunday April 30, 2017, 4:00 PM, at Immanuel Congregational Church 10 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT.
About CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists)
Acclaimed as Connecticut’s premier professional choir, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) presents masterful performances of the world’s finest choral music. “CONCORA, acknowledging that music transforms and enriches people's lives, perpetuates and performs with excellence choral music of the highest quality for the broadest possible audience.” This mission represents a commitment to the Connecticut community and to artistic excellence, masterful performances, and educational enrichment.
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CONCORA ClavierFest Rakich Gamboa Clark
CONCORA ClavierFest Harpsichord
Boy playing Baroque keyboard instrument at CONCORA Keyboards of Bach event

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