Thursday, February 26, 2009

CONCORA Sings Bach!

The next performance of Connecticut Choral Artists (CONCORA) will be our immensely popular annual all-Bach collaboration with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra. The performance takes place on Sunday, March 22, at 4:00 p.m., at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford (corner of Woodland and Farmington). Plenty of parking is available.

If you've never been to a concert in this church, do come to enjoy the stunning architecture and savor the lovely acoustic, both perfectly suited for Bach's choral and orchestral music. (Read more about ICC’s wonderful building here: http://www.iccucc.org/aboutus_arch1.htm) Here's a photo of CONCORA presenting its 2008 Bach concert at Immanuel, with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, with Rick Coffey at the podium:

In these annual performances of Bach’s music, CONCORA generally sings one of the six motets and two larger vocal works, usually two cantatas. The program is further enriched by a work for organ or orchestra.

This year, in addition to a motet (“Fürchte dich nicht,” BWV 228) and a cantata (the mighty Reformation Cantata, “Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott,” BWV 80), CONCORA will sing one of Bach's rarely heard Latin Masses (yes, the good Lutheran wrote several Masses), the Missa Brevis in G Minor, BWV 235. (Read my essay about Bach’s Latin Masses HERE.) Ed Clark will play a chorale-fantasia on the newly-restored organ, and The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, in a Bach-sized ensemble, will accompany the choral music. CONCORA's artistic director Rick Coffey will conduct.

I'll be singing in this concert, and I'm also preparing the program notes for this terrific music. Over the next few weeks, I hope to post some short essays about the program here, so be sure to stop in for updates.

It would be lovely to see you in the audience on March 22. This concert sells out quickly every year, so purchase your tickets soon! Group discounts are available for groups of 8 or more, and CONCORA often offers discounts for seniors. Call the CONCORA office at 860-224-7500, or purchase tickets at CONCORA’s website, http://www.concora.org/.

Hope to see you there!
On the program for CONCORA's all-Bach concert on March 22:
Motet IV, “Fürchte dich nicht” (BWV 228)
Missa Brevis in G minor (BWV 235)
Chorale-Fantasia for Organ on “Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott” (BWV 720)
Cantata BWV 80, “Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress is our God)

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