Monday, September 15, 2008

CONCORA Opens Season with “American Voices”

CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) is planning a season of varied and exciting concerts and special events in 2008-2009. Highlights of the season will include collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Men of The Hartford Chorale, and the University Singers of Central Connecticut State University. We can also look forward to great music by J. S. Bach, music for multiple choirs, organ and percussion, Christmas music from New England composers, the poetry of Emily Dickinson set to music by contemporary American women composers, and a special tribute to Felix Mendelssohn in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The season opens with “American Voices,” an exciting collaboration with the University Singers of Central Connecticut State University (Dr. Pamela J. Perry, Director), featuring soon-to-be-classic new composition, as well as folk songs, spirituals by American composers and poets. Featured composers include Gwyneth Walker, Eric Whitacre, Nancy Galbraith, Jean Berger, and William Hawley.

Gwyneth Walker’s settings of Dickinson poems were performed by the 2008 CONCORA Summer Festival Choir, with CONCORA's Artistic Director Richard Coffey conducting and Dr. Walker in attendance. These are remarkable, evocative, settings; anyone with an interest in Dickinson should know this music.

“American Voices” will be offered on Sunday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, New Britain. Season subscriptions and individual tickets are available at
I’ll be preparing program notes for “American Voices” and for the annual Bach! presentation in March 2009, and perhaps for other CONCORA programs, as well. I’ll post here with some reflections on the music and its history as the season progresses, so check back often.

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