On New Year's Day, The Hartford Courant published a an article that reviewed 2008 highlights in the Greater Hartford arts community, listing the best offerings in theater, film, books, jazz, rock, and, at the very end of the piece, classical music. Below, I've pasted the entire entry for classical music. It is extraordinarily wonderful that a concert of choral music is judged to be the classical highlight of the year, and even more wonderful that The Hartford Chorale and CONCORA, two ensembles in which I sing, are named so prominently.
Here's the excerpt:
"The most extraordinary orchestral concert in Connecticut during 2008 — the Hartford Symphony Orchestra's soulful performance of [Beethoven’s] Missa Solemnis with The Hartford Chorale and CONCORA in May — came alongside the announcement that the symphony would center the 2008-09 season on a performance of the complete Beethoven symphony cycle. Anchored by the monumental Ninth, performed from memory by both conductor Edward Cumming and The Hartford Chorale [and CONCORA] (prepared by Richard Coffey) in October, the remainder of this series was placed within the smaller Belding Theater. The performance of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony in mid-November demonstrated the clarity and appeal of this space's acoustics. The Beethoven symphony cycle will be completed in June." — Jeffrey Johnson
"The Year In Arts: Economic Uncertainty, Loss Of Paul Newman; Here Are Some Highlights Of The Arts Scene In Connecticut For 2008."The Hartford CourantJanuary 1, 2009
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