Monday, April 20, 2009

CONCORA Festival 2009: Choral Music of Maurice Duruflé

Every year, I look forward to the choral festival-workshop offered by CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the top-notch professional choir in which I am so privileged to sing. Each July, CONCORA sponsors a choral workshop during which adult singers from the community (and select high school and college singers) have the opportunity to spend a week with CONCORA’s Artistic Director Richard Coffey and CONCORA singers, preparing and performing great works of the choral repertoire.

CONCORA is now accepting applications from experienced singers for the 2009 festival, scheduled to be held July 19-25 in Hartford. Singers interested in participating are encouraged to download an application form at http://www.concora.org/. You may also call CONCORA at (860) 224-7500 or send an email to contact@concora.org to obtain more details or request an application. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2009. Scholarships are available for qualified high school and college-age participants. Details about schedules, rehearsal and performance venues, etc., may be found online at www.concora.org/summer_workshop.htm.

This summer, CONCORA devotes the choral Festival to a celebration of the glorious music of Maurice Duruflé. The festival repertoire includes his masterpiece, the incomparable Requiem (1947), as well as the four unaccompanied motets Ubi caritas, Tota pulchra es (for women’s voices), Tu es Petrus, and Tantum Ergo. The men of the Festival will present the Duruflé setting, in French, of The Lord’s Prayer (Notre Père). CONCORA welcomes Larry Allen, its founding accompanist, as organist for Festival 2009; Mr. Allen will perform the organ solo, Prelude and Fugue on the Name A-L-A-I-N. “Every work,” says Rick Coffey, “whether for choir, organ, or both in combination, is a masterpiece. Festival 2009 will be one of emotional, musical, and spiritual ecstasy – nothing for a lover of great choral and organ music to miss.”

After a week of rehearsals, the festival choir offer a public performance. Mark your calendar to be at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford on July 25, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. to hear this wonderful music and to see the results of a remarkable week of music making. Call the CONCORA office at 860-224-7500, or purchase tickets at CONCORA’s website, http://www.concora.org/. Hope to see you there!

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