Friday, February 20, 2009

CONCORA Sings More Mendelssohn!

If you did not make it to CONCORA’s recent concert of sacred choral music by Felix Mendelssohn at historic South Church in New Britain, you missed an exceptional musical experience, a real triumph of choral artistry. (You can read my completely biased review HERE.) Many who attended this concert spoke afterward of their surprise and delight at the breadth and depth of Mendelssohn's choral music. It really is a remarkable program of rarely-heard choral music.

You have another chance to be thrilled and delighted by this program, as CONCORA repeats the concert on Sunday, February 22, in Old Lyme, CT. The program, which starts at 4:00 p.m., will be presented at the Meetinghouse of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd., in Old Lyme. This is a rare shoreline appearance of CONCORA, whose concerts are primarily based in the Hartford area. The chorus will swell to 80 voices when the choir of FCCOL joins with CONCORA for an excerpt of Elijah and a magnificent setting of the chorale Verleih’ Uns Frieden. Tickets will be available at the door, which will open at 3:15 p.m. A donation of $20 per ticket is suggested. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the church at 860-434-8686. The complete program is listed at the end of this posting; it includes almost all of the material we sang on February 8, plus the scene from Elijah that was not presented at the earlier concert.


Comments from some of my friends who were in the audience for the February 8 concert at South Church:

“…We couldn't have spent a finer afternoon. Sometimes we overlook the wonderful musical events in the community, but yesterday we didn't and we both noticed how the concert lifted our spirits and seemed to make the world a brighter place.”

“It was a wonderful concert — but of course no more than I expected! CONCORA is mighty good! What a lovely sound. And your solos were so professional. Excellent performance.”

“It was a very memorable concert; I felt I was seeing CONCORA at its best. The soloists (you included ;-) were all terrific, and the music... ah, such pleasure. I still think the Ave Maria was my favorite [mine, too!] … You must be so proud of having put together such a fabulous event!”

“We loved the concert, getting more acquainted with Mendelssohn, and the performers were terrific. I think it was the best so far!”



Old Lyme Congregational Church
February 22, 2009
Music of Mendelssohn
From Drei geistliche Stücke (Three sacred works) (Opus 23)
No. 2 “Ave Maria”
No. 3 “Mitten wir im Leben sind”

From Drei Motetten für Frauenchor und Orgel (Three motets for women's voices and organ) (Opus 39)
No. 2 “Laudate pueri” (I/5) (CD10/2-3) (5:45) (organ)
No. 3 “Surrexit pastor” (I/6) (CD10/4-6) (7:30) (organ)

From Drei Psalmen für achtstimmingen Chor (Three psalms for 8-voice choir) (Opus 78)
No. 1 “Warum toben die Heiden”
No. 2 “Richte mich, Gott”

++ intermission ++

Music for the combined choirs of First Church, Old Lyme, and CONCORA:
Scene from Elijah:
Aria for baritone, “It Is Enough”
Recitative for tenor, “See, now he slept”
Trio for women's voices, “Lift Thine Eyes”
Chorus, “He, Watching over Israel”

Sechs Sprüche für achstimmigen Chor (From Six seasonal settings for 8-voice choir) (Opus 79)
Im Advent (for Advent) “Lasset uns frohlocken”
Weihnachten (for Christmas) “Frohlocket, ihr Völker”
Am Neujahrstage (for New Year's Day) “Herr Gott, du bist unsre Zuflucht”

Die Deutsche Liturgie für 2 vierstimmige Chöre (The German Liturgy, for 2 four-part choirs)
“Kyrie eleison”
“Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (Gloria)
“Heilig, Heilig” (Sanctus)

Drei geistliche Lieder für Alt solo, gemischten Chor (Opus 96) (1844) (Three sacred songs for alto soloist and mixed choir)
“Lass O Herr, mich Hülfe finden”
“Deines Kind's Gebet erhöre”
“Herr, wir trau'n auf deine Güte”

“Verleih uns Frieden” (with choir of OLCC)

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