NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS:
CONCORA Announces its 2015-2016 Season with our New Artistic Director, Christopher Shepard
CONCORA’s Board of Directors was delighted to announce the appointment of Christopher Shepard as its second Artistic Director, succeeding Artistic Director Emeritus Richard Coffey, who founded the ensemble as the region’s first all-professional choir in 1974. Chris Shepard will assume leadership of the ensemble starting with the 2015-2016 season.
Chris has put together a wonderful set of four concerts for his inaugural season.
The Romantic Choir, Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM.St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Chris Shepard notes “This concert of a cappella works is full of unabashedly beautiful music. I interpret “Romantic” broadly—yes, it will include motets by 19th-century composers like Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Bruckner, but it also includes works like Casals’ O Vos Omnes and a choral version of Edward Elgar’s sublime Nimrodvariation set to the Lux Aeterna text.”
Cappella Romana. Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM, Trinity College Chapel, Hartford: Chris Shepard will introduce his idea of CONCORA as a “choir of choirs” with this program, featuring an 18-voice chamber choir in a program of Renaissance music including works by Byrd, Victoria, Viadana, and Lotti, anchored by Palestrina’s Missa Sine Nomine and Thomas Tallis’s Lamentations of Jeremiah.
J. S. Bach’s St John Passion. Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM. Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford: Dr. Shepard’s first major Bach work with CONCORA and the Hartford Symphony, not heard in Hartford for quite some time, will present thePassion in a more dramatic format. Two choirs will be used, delineating the “crowd” chorus from what Shepard calls the “Greek” chorus, which sings the music that comments on the actions—the opening and closing choruses, as well as the chorales. The Greek chorus will be composed of eight CONCORA soloists as well as an ensemble of auditioned amateur choristers who will rehearse these movements as part of a concurrent Bach Festival. The crowd chorus will be 24 CONCORA singers. By separating these roles, Dr. Shepard hopes to make the architecture and liturgical function of the Passion come alive for the audience.
First Editions. Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4:00 PM, First Church of Christ, Congregational, New Britain.This concert will affirm CONCORA’s continued commitment to new music by presenting a program of works that Dr. Shepard has commissioned. and works by composers he has commissioned over the years. Composers include Gwyneth Walker, William Hawley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Michael Conley, Philip Jameson, Paul Moravec and Robert Convery.
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CONCORA: Summer Festival 2015
July 19 to July 25, 2015
Public Concert Saturday, July 25 4:00 PM
Joseph D'Eugenio, guest conductor
Bethany Covenant Church
785 Mill Street
CONCORA’s Summer Festival 2015 will bring renowned choral conductor Joseph D’Eugenio to the Summer Festival podium for the first time. His program is constructed of four “sets” of pieces. Highlights include Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in five movements, A Red, Red Rose by James Mulholland, and Come, Let Us Sound with Melody by Peter Niedmann.
The Festival will be held from July 19-25 in the beautiful, air-conditioned, centrally-located Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, Connecticut. Singers are invited to apply to participate in the festival, a special musical opportunity that allows all to embrace the choral art in intense rehearsal, study, and performance, all laced with laughter, camaraderie, sociability, and good food.
Joseph D’Eugenio has instructed choral groups at various schools and colleges, including Wesleyan University. He has also celebrated over 16 years as the Greater Middletown Chorale’s Artistic Director, and is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Cheshire, Connecticut.
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CONCORA’s 2014-2015 Season Brochure
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