Friends of Bach present

Music by JS Bach – GP Telemann – CPE Bach – JCF Bach
performed on harpsichords, organ, lautenwork, and clavichord

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016, 7:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church
120 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT

Featuring keyboardists
Christa Rakich – Stephen Gamboa – Edward Clark
with guest artists
Andrea LeBlanc, traverso flute
Emily Hale, baroque violin
Alice Robbins, viola da gamba
Thomas Buckley, countertenor

Clavierfest trio

Purchase Tickets Online:

General Admission:
Price: $25.00
Senior Tickets:
Price: $20.00
Student Tickets:
Price: $10.00

Tickets are also available by phone (860-293-0567) and at the door the evening of the concert.

Explore! Experience! Enjoy!
"Keyboards of Bach"

A close-up, hands-on demonstration of beautiful keyboard instruments of Bach’s time: harpsichords – organ – lautenwerk – clavichord

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, 10am to noon
Trinity Episcopal Church
120 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT

Open to all (kids, too!)

Free – Registration required
Space is limited – call soon to reserve your place!
860-293-0567 or contact@concora.org

Co-sponsored by the Hartford Chapter of the Connecticut Music Teachers Association and the Hartford Music Teachers Alliance


CONCORA's 2016-17 Season:

click here to go to CONCORA’s 2016-17 season web page

click here to view CONCORA’s 2016-17 season poster



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

CONCORA-to-Go Poster

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About Our Most Recent Concert:

“First Editions” featured works by composers that Chris Shepard commissioned over the past thirty years. The concert began with Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Five by Langston,” settings of poems by Langston Hughes, one of the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Here’s a performance of one of the pieces, “Joy,” sung by Harolyn Blackwell, with the composer at the piano.


The concert included Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s Paul Moravec’s “Songs of Love and War,” which use letters between the front and home from four different wars: Civil War; World Wars I and II; and the Vietnam War. Powerful and dramatic, this work will feature baritone Malcolm Merriweather and trumpeter Bill Owens, who is a Staff Sergeant in the West Point Band.

bugler at Arlington National Cemetery
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Creative Commons License: Attribution

Other Past Concerts and Events:

Bach Festival Clip

The Bach Festival featured lectures, discussions, demonstrations and open rehearsals for the Saint John Passion concert. Here Chris Shepard speaks about the very opening.

Saint John Passion Rehearsal Excerpt

This is from a rehearsal for Saint John Passion, including comments from some of the singers about singing the piece.

“Cappella Romana” Concert

We had an overflow audience at the January 31 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 videos and Chris’ 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.


Tom Brand recently interviewed Chris for the American Choral Directors’ Association.
The article can be seen on ChoirLife:Sharing the Stories of Choral Musicians.
Click here to read the interview.


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