Rite of Swing Annual Gala Dinner Dance and Auction
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 6:00-11:00 PM
The Riverview
10 Winslow Place, Simsbury, Connecticut

CONCORA’s Rite of Swing gala dinner dance promises an outstanding high-stepping good time for all, held at the beautiful Riverview in Simsbury. You’ll revel in an open bar and a delicious four-course dinner, dance to the musical stylings of the Hot Cat Jazz Band, and shop for treasures at silent and live auctions!

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“Cappella Romana” Concert

We had an overflow audience at Sunday’s concert at Trinity College Chapel. Here is a selection from that magnificent concert: “Sicut Cervus” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

“The Romantic Choir” Concert

Our opening concert at St. Thomas the Apostle Church was a rousing success! This video is of the choir singing Bruckner’s “Ave Maria.”

Click here to see more of Chris’ videos and podcasts about CONCORA concerts.

Metcalf on Music

Steve Metcalf’s arts blog on WNPR recently featured CONCORA, new Artistic Director Chris Shepard, founding Artistic Director Richard Coffey, and CONCORA’s inaugural concert, “The Romantic Choir.”

Click here to read his comments.

Bach Festival 2016
Exploring J.S. Bach's St. John Passion
March 12 & 19, 2016

South Church
90 Main Street
New Britain, Connecticut

On two Saturdays in March, CONCORA invites the public to join us in an exploration of Bach’s St John Passion. The lectures, discussions, demonstrations, sing-in, and recital will all inform and enlighten CONCORA’s March 20 performance of this choral masterpiece, performed with members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Please click here for more details; click here to download the Bach Festival brochure.

French Pieta

School of Avignon, Pietà, c. 1470.
Tempera on panel.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund.

J.S. Bach St. John Passion
March 20, 2016, 4:00 PM

Immanuel Congregational Church
10 Woodland Street
Hartford, Connecticut

In this imaginative presentation of Bach’s earliest Passion setting, we highlight the “play within a play” structure of the work by using some of the singers to reenact the crowd scenes while the rest of the choir functions as a Greek chorus, commenting on the action. CONCORA is joined by members of the Hartford Symphony for this masterpiece, one of Bach’s most dramatic and powerful works.

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Bearden She-Ba

Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988.
She-Ba, 1970, painting.
Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/
Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

First Editions
May 22, 2016, 4:00 PM

First Church of Christ, Congregational
830 Corbin Avenue,
New Britain, Connecticut

A concert affirming CONCORA’s continued commitment to new music, presenting works by composers commissioned by Chris over the years; several works are set to poems from the Harlem Renaissance. Composers include Gwyneth Walker, William Hawley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Michael Conley, Philip Jameson, Paul Moravec and Robert Convery. Come be surprised and delighted.


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CONCORA-to-Go Poster
CONCORA-to-Go is Connecticut’s only in-school cultural arts program that teaches children songs from around the world.
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