Friday, September 19, 2008

On the Air: Exploring the Hartford Choral Scene with Richard Coffey

On September 25, music lovers in the Greater Hartford area can listen in on a conversation with our region's leading choirmaster to hear the inside line on choral music in our region. Richard Coffey, founder and Artistic Director of CONCORA and Music Director of The Hartford Chorale, will be the guest on the September 25 edition of “Thursday Evening Classics,” a weekly program on WWUH (91.3 FM), the delightfully eclectic radio station of The University of Hartford. Tune in from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to hear Maestro Coffey talk with guest host Walter Mayo about the Hartford-area choral scene, including previews of upcoming performances. The program will include excerpts from recordings of CONCORA and of CONCORA’s wonderful 2008 Summer Festival.

Maestro Coffey will preview CONCORA’s 2008-2009 season, which opens on October 19 with a program called “American Voices.” This concert showcases soon-to-be-classic new compositions, folk songs, and spirituals by American composers and poets. Featured composers include Gwyneth Walker, Eric Whitacre, Nancy Galbraith, Jean Berger, and William Hawley. CONCORA’s “American Voices” will be offered on Sunday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, New Britain. Discounted “early bird” tickets are available until September 30, 2008. Season subscriptions and individual tickets are available now at, or by calling (860) 224-7500. Not to be missed!!
Listeners of the September 25 radio program will also hear about the exciting season in store for The Hartford Chorale, which Maestro Coffey has led since 2005. The Chorale is now in rehearsals for its season opener, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which will be performed on October 24 and 25 with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra at The Bushnell Memorial in Hartford. If you have never heard Beethoven's Choral Symphony, you need to. If it's one of your favorites, you need to hear it again.
The Hartford Chorale also performs on its own each season; this year, the offering is “Harvest Song,” which features music to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition. The concert, on November 22 at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, features the 170+ voices of The Hartford Chorale, joined by the Connecticut Children’s Chorus and an instrumental ensemble of organ, piano, harp, and other instruments. This concert includes the debut of The Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, of which I am a charter member.
Much excitement ahead!

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