A Message from our new Artistic Director,
Christopher Shepard

Chris-Shepard-2-600As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. In short, that’s the theme of my first season with CONCORA: our first four concerts together are designed to give you a strong impression of my vision for the future of this storied ensemble – a vision that embraces the choir’s singular legacy, while looking forward to new and exciting projects. This is a year for me to forge new relationships – with the singers, audience, patrons, community and the Connecticut choral world.

We opened with The Romantic Choir, featuring the classic “CONCORA sound,” with rich voices singing blissfully lush repertoire. For January’s Cappella Romana concert, we used Trinity College’s stunning Gothic chapel, an architectural space that reflects the provenance of the motets on the program, with a smaller chamber choir singing with a streamlined sound. CONCORA and I share a deep love of Bach; in our rendering of the St. John Passion, we will bring the dramatic aspects of Bach’s riveting score alive by using the choir in a new and innovative way. May’s First Editions concert will introduce you to some of my musical friends – composers from whom I have commissioned works over the last three decades. It’s especially thrilling to be able to share these new works with you.

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

“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.”

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.

A Salute to Choral Director And Montpelier High School Graduate Chris Shepard

Nat Frotingham’s recent article in “The Bridge,” Montepelier, Vermont, profiled Chris Shepard and his career.
Click here to read the article.

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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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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