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Tickets are now on sale for CONCORA's thrilling 2017-2018 season: CONCORA Sings the Great Choral Masterworks. Scroll down for details, links, and more information. We hope to see you at every concert!
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In the 2017-2018 season, CONCORA celebrates timeless 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.

Please join us for a season-long journey of delight and re-discovery as CONCORA presents classics of the choral literature as you've never heard them before ... you'll fall in love with this beautiful music all over again. Don't wait to reserve your seats for this very special concert series!
Season Subscriptions Offer Best Prices and Guaranteed Seats at Every Concert
Season subscriptions offer the best per-ticket pricees of the season (up to 25% savings over individual tickets), and guarantee that you will have a seat at every concert described below, especially those that sell out quickly. Subscriptions are available for preferred seating, general admission, senior admission, and (for the first time) student tickets. Click HERE to reserve season subscriptions. Subscriptions are available only until October 15.
Purchase your tickets soon to take advantage of early-bird pricing!
If a subscription isn't for you, then you can take advantage of early-bird pricing for individual tickets purchased by October 1, 2017.  Group rates are available for groups of eight or more (general admission or senior tickets); gather a group of friends, and make a night of it! Full details are at CONCORA's secure online ticketing site, or click on any of the images or links below.
Brahms Requiem
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4:00 PM
South Church, New Britain, CT

 
CONCORA opens the 2017-2018 season with one of the most enduring works in the choral repertoire, Brahms’ A German Requiem. After its 1868 premiere, conductor Karl Reinthaler predicted that the Requiem “would live as one of the most exalted creations of musical art. It is a great and beautiful work, deep and intense in feeling, ideal and lofty in conception. Yes, one may well call it an epoch-making work!” Brahms' setting, unusual among Requiems for its use of biblical verses instead of the austere Latin liturgy, is beloved for its messages of comfort, hope, blessing, and rest. CONCORA will perform the “London Version” of the Requiem, an arrangement for choir and four-hand piano that Brahms himself prepared for more intimate presentations of the work. The program also includes a lesser-known Brahms choral masterwork, Nänie, a poignant, achingly beautiful, but ultimately consoling elegy.
Tickets $10-$55. Click HERE to order.
CONCORA Sings Extraordinary Masterworks
with Extraordinary High School Choirs
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:30 PM
St Thomas the Apostle Church, West Hartford, CT

 
Continuing a long tradition of inclusion and outreach, CONCORA will be joined by several extraordinary Connecticut high school choirs to present a program of favorite movements from choral masterworks by Bach (Saint Matthew Passion), Mozart (Requiem), and Brahms (A German Requiem). For many of the young singers, this concert will be their first opportunity to collaborate with professional musicians, and their first experience with this enduring repertoire. The concert itself is inspiring and enriching. A member of the audience responded thus to this experience: “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.”
Tickets $10-$55. Click HERE to order.
Masses Ancient and Modern
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 4:00PM
Trinity College Chapel, Hartford, CT
Snow date: Monday, February 12, 7:30PM

CONCORA returns to Trinity College Chapel, where the ensemble has performed sold-out programs in each of the last two seasons. In February, the ensemble will offer three 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. “Singing on a par with Pomerium and the Tallis Scholars!” — From a member of the audience at CONCORA’s Trinity College performance
Tickets $10-$55. Click HERE to order.
Bach: Saint Matthew Passion
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 4:00PM
Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, CT

CONCORA has long been renowned for its masterful and moving performances of choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2018, the ensemble presents the monumental Saint Matthew Passion, one of two surviving settings by Bach of the Easter Passion story. During his lifetime, Bach conducted the Saint Matthew Passion in Holy Week services several times, and it was presented by his Leipzig successor a few more times. But it was only with Mendelssohn’s revival of the work in 1829 that this music burst into the larger world, and it has remained a foundational masterpiece ever since. Calling for three choirs, soloists, and orchestra, the Saint Matthew Passion offers some of Bach’s grandest music, while exploring in the most intimate terms the very nature of faith and redemption. The Worcester Telegram called CONCORA’s 2017 presentation of Bach cantatas “Stunning... intoxicating... enthralling... beguiling... soaring.”
 Tickets $15-$65. Click HERE to order.
Mozart: Requiem
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00PM
St James's Episcopal Church, West Hartford, CT

What is about Mozart’s Requiem that makes it such a perennial favorite? From the time it was completed in 1792 by Mozart’s student Franz Süssmayer, it has never been out of the repertoire. Perhaps the appeal lies in its sheer beauty and the intimacy with which Mozart sets much of this timeless text, intimacy that is not always apparent in large-scale performances. With characteristic genius and grace, Mozart connects musical and spiritual realms, and by overlaying the natural restraints of neoclassicism with the passion of Romanticism, he depicts in music the peace of eternal rest alongside the bone-chilling fear of eternal torment. Composed just as Mozart was reaching the height of his creative powers, the Requiem offers exquisite melodies, rich orchestration, and a dramatic sweep that remains compelling after more than two centuries. The program includes Michael Tippett's Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time, stunning arrangements of age-old African-American spirituals that form the structural pillars of this World War II oratorio, much as Bach used chorales in his Passion settings.
  Tickets $10-$55. Click HERE to order.
Can't wait until the autumn for a choral concert? You're in luck! The CONCORA Summer Festival Choir offers a concert of choral masterworks on Saturday, August 5 at 4PM. Come to be refreshed!
CONCORA Summer Festival Concert
Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks
with CONCORA and Chris Shepard
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 4:00 PM
Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin CT

Now in its 18th season, CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers amateur adult and young adult singers from across the region an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform with CONCORA. Over the course of a week, participants rehearse with Artistic Director Chris Shepard and an ensemble of CONCORA’s professional singers, enhancing their musical and vocal skills and experiencing the joy inherent in sharing the music-making experience. The 2017 Summer Festival concludes on Saturday, August 5, when CONCORA and the Festival Choir present a public concert of repertoire explored during the preceding week. This year’s Festival offers 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).
  “I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish!” —Audience comment
Tickets $10-$30. Click HERE to order.
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