CONCORA's Artistic Director Chris Shepard says, "Any concert of Bach cantatas would be an exciting event, but two of the three cantatas that CONCORA will perform on April 30 are particularly special."

To find out why Chris finds Cantatas 29 and 191 so interesting, click on the image below or CLICK HERE to watch his brief video message.

While you're listening, order your tickets for this "particularly special" concert of festive Bach cantatas. Early-bird pricing ends on April 23; after that date, most ticket prices will increase by $5 each. Preferred seating tends to sell quickly!
CLICK HERE to order online or scroll down for more options.

In this brief video greeting, CONCORA's Artistic Director Chris Shepard explains how Bach "recycled" some of his best music in ways that you might find surprising.

Did Bach do this merely for efficiency's sake? Or did Bach perhaps know that this music was indeed "first rate," as Chris describes it, and thus relished opportunities to perform it again, and perhaps ensure that it would be remembered?

What do you think? Listen to what Chris has to say, then come to Immanuel Congregational Church on April 30 to hear this glorious music.

And- let us know what you think! We love to hear from you. Share your thoughts now or after the concert by replying to this email, or by posting comments at CONCORA's
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Would you like to learn more about this concert program before concert day?
CLICK HERE to read Chris Shepard's program notes posted at CONCORA's website.

To reserve your seats for CONCORA's April 30 performance of Festive Bach Cantatas, click on the image below, or scroll down for more options.

Don't wait to reserve tickets - the best prices end on April 23.

CONCORA sings Festive Bach Cantatas

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4:00 PM
Immanuel Congregational Church
10 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT

CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, all under the direction of Chris Shepard, perform three festive cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach:

Wir Danken dir, Gott, BWV29
Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied, BWV190
Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191

For more information and to reserve seats:

Order online at CONCORA's secure ticket site: 

OR contact the CONCORA office at
860-293-0567 or

Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the concert, though advance reservations are recommended for preferred seating.

Tickets: $15-$65. Early-bird prices ($5 discount on most tickets) end on April 23. Discounted rates are available for general admission and senior tickets for groups of 8 or more.

 2-for-1 general admission tickets are available with the Let*s Go! Arts card; contact the CONCORA office for details. 

Reserve seats for CONCORA's All-Bach cantata concert on Sunday, April 30, 4PM. Early-bird pricing ends on April 23!
CONCORA - Connecticut Choral Artists
In concert at the Wadsworth Athenuem Museum of Art
February 12, 2017
About CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) – CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) holds a unique place as the region’s first professional choir. Now in its 43rd season, the ensemble enjoys an extraordinary reputation for artistic excellence throughout New England. Under the direction of Chris Shepard, now in his second season as Artistic Director, the ensemble’s versatility is displayed in its wide range of repertoire and in the crafting of select ensembles from among the choir’s roster of singers to produce an extraordinary range of choral color and dynamic range for each program and performance space. CONCORA’s mission statement – “to perpetuate and perform with excellence choral music of the highest quality for the broadest possible audience” – represents a commitment to the Connecticut community and to artistic excellence, masterful performances, and educational enrichment. More information about CONCORA is available at
About Chris Shepard – Chris Shepard has served as CONCORA’s Artistic Director since 2015, succeeding founder Richard Coffey in that role. He also serves as Music Director of the Worcester Chorus and the Masterwork Chorus of Morristown, New Jersey. With these choirs, Chris has performed a wide range of repertoire, collaborating with a number of major orchestras in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. A conductor with a particular affinity for the choral music of J.S. Bach, Chris founded the Sydneian Bach Choir in Sydney, Australia, an ensemble that has performed all of Bach’s choral cantatas as well as all of his major choral works. He has taught at the Taft School, Sydney Grammar School and Holy Cross College. A pianist and keyboard continuist, Chris holds degrees from the Hartt School and the Yale School of Music, and the University of Sydney. His PhD dissertation won the American Choral Directors Association’s 2012 Julius Herford Prize for outstanding doctoral thesis in choral music. More information about Chris Shepard may be found at  
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CONCORA’s 2016-2017 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; Choral Arts New England; 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; Fund for Greater Hartford; Fundraising Solutions; George H.C. Ensworth Memorial Fund; Greater Hartford Arts Council; Hartford Performs; Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation; Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation; The Musical Club of Hartford, Inc., Mr. & Mrs. William Foulds Family 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; Weld Fund, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain; William and Alice Mortensen Foundation; William T. Sloper Trust for Andrew J. Sloper Musical Fund

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