The Art Song Recital, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 1, will be re-scheduled for the fall.
Please check back here for further information or contact us if you would like to be informed of the new date and time.

Bearden She-Ba

“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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Artwork courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum:
Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988.
She-Ba, 1970, painting. Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.


“Shakespeare's Legacy”
Summer Festival 2016
July 24 to July 30, 2016

Bethany Covenant Church
785 Mill Street
Berlin, Connecticut

CONCORA is thrilled to announce Summer Festival 2016, “Shakespeare’s Legacy,” and to welcome Artistic Director Chris Shepard to his first Summer Festival.

“April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, so it seems fitting to honor his singular contribution to the vocal repertoire by featuring some settings of his most famous lines in CONCORA Summer Festival 2016.
– Chris Shepard

More Information about the Festival

Click here to download the Summer Festival application.


“Shakespeare's Legacy”
Summer Festival 2016 Concert
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 4:00 PM

Bethany Covenant Church
785 Mill Street
Berlin, Connecticut

The Summer Festival 2016 concert will include two major works by Ralph Vaughan Williams; choral settings of Shakespeare’s songs by John Rutter, Emma Lou Diemer and Erik Neilsen; and a jazz setting of “Songs and Sonnets” by pianist George Shearing.

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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.

CONCORA’s 2015-16 Season Brochure:

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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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