2010 - 2011 SEASON
Great Performance Series
The center of CONCORA's mission is to bring the highest quality of choral music to the Connecticut community. The 2010-2011 Great Performances series focuses on some of the pillars of choral music: carols and folk songs, classical masterpieces, and opera.
A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS
with Richard Coffey, artistic director
Sunday, December 5, 2010 . 4:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church of the Reformation
This holiday program will feature charming folk music, carols, and modern Christmas classics from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland, including our traditional audience sing-along.
CONCORA's annual collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is "Bach" this season with the rarely-performed Missa Brevis in F Major, Cantata 40, Cantata 102, and the Violin Concerto in A minor as performed by HSO concertmaster (principal violinist) Leonid Sigal. This concert will celebrate the magic of Bach's sublime choral music and will feature CONCORA soloists singing in an acoustically and visually stunning space.
CONCORA SHARES BACH WITH COMMUNITY AT
FIRST WINTER BACH FESTIVAL
Festival Offers Workshops, Training & Performance for Amateur Musicians
CONCORA, Connecticut’s premier professional choir, will welcome amateur singers to participate in its first Winter Bach Festival. Participants will study, explore, and sing the music of Bach, culminating in CONCORA’s Bach! concert on February 27 at 4:00 p.m. in Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford.
Highlights of the festival include a sing-through of Bach’s ‘greatest choral hits’ under the direction of Richard Coffey; a lecture-seminar given by Bach Scholar, Rev. Louis G. Nuechterlein; observation and participation in a CONCORA rehearsal; a German diction lesson; an all-Bach organ recital by CONCORA artist Jason Charneski and a performance of a Bach cello suite by CONCORA artist Michael Linert. As the grand finale, participants in the festival will have the opportunity to perform alongside CONCORA and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the 2011 Bach concert in Hartford.
“This festival is a unique opportunity for singers of all levels to learn and sing Bach’s music,” says CONCORA Artistic Director Richard Coffey, who will lead many of the festival’s events as well as the final Bach concert. “At CONCORA, we feel very strongly that music-making is a community activity, and we are thrilled to share our music through this new Winter Bach Festival.”
Acclaimed as Connecticut’s premier professional choir, CONCORA (“Connecticut-Choral-Artists”) presents masterful performances of the world’s finest choral music. Over its thirty-six year history, the ensemble has built an extraordinary reputation for artistic excellence throughout New England. Led by Artistic Director Richard Coffey, CONCORA’s mission is to perpetuate and perform with excellence choral music of the highest quality for the broadest possible audience. CONCORA reaches out to young and amateur musicians in our community by providing educational seminars and concerts in schools, by bringing music to under-served neighborhoods and venues, and by offering professional-level workshop and performance opportunities to choral singers of all ages and from all backgrounds.
Disguised divas, amorous mezzos, cunning heroes, and mad sopranos - anything's possible with these scenes and choruses from great operas that span the centuries from Baroque to contemporary.
In addition to our "Great Performances" series, CONCORA offers a variety of special events throughout the season that appeal to every musical taste.
A fantastic evening of live jazz with the Sir William Trio and singers from CONCORA, paired with wines introduced expertly by sommelier Raymond Petke. (Don't miss the delicious hors d'oeuvre, too!)
New this year, CONCORA invites you to participate in a workshop focusing on the music of J.S. Bach. Participants will perform with CONCORA and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, sing through Bach's choral music under the direction of Richard Coffey, learn about Bach in a lecture-seminar given by Bach Scholar, Rev. Louis G. Neuchterlein, observe a CONCORA rehearsal, study German diction, attend an all Bach organ recital at South Church, New Britain, and hear a performance of a Bach cello suite by CONCORA artist Michael Linert.
For registration information
Please call (860) 293-0567.
CONCORA singers present a May Day recital featuring their choice of songs about springtime, dancing, and celebrating the merry, merry month of May. This is a chance to hear the world-class singers CONCORA step into the spotlight for an afternoon of solo performances.