CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the fabulous all-professional choir in which I am privileged to sing, has just announced its 2009-2010 season. Mark your calendars!
35th Anniversary Concert and Reunion
Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
South Church, New BritainCONCORA opens the season in November with the final event in a series of celebrations of the ensemble’s 35th anniversary. All CONCORA artists, past and present, will be invited to return to South Church in New Britain, where CONCORA was established in 1974, for a special anniversary weekend of rehearsals and a public performance featuring music selected from CONCORA’s thirty-five years of singing.
Christmas in the Americas
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. (Snow date: Monday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.)
Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford
This year, CONCORA’s annual Christmas concert offers music of North, Central, and South America, featuring sacred and secular carols, glees, spirituals, and part-songs, in a panoply of indigenous, colorful styles and languages.
BACH! – Motet Madness
Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. (Snow date: Monday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.)
Immanuel Congregational Church, HartfordCONCORA continues its perennially popular “Bach!” series with “Motet Madness,” a concert of all six incomparable motets, accompanied by 10-piece instrumental ensemble. CONCORA, which last performed all the motets on a single program in 2000, is the only ensemble in the area that offers so much Bach and does it so well. Don't miss it.
Music of the Spirit
Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, HartfordCONCORA’s season closes with a return to the resplendent Church of St. Patrick and St. Anthony in Hartford, for a program of evocative, virtuosic repertoire for unaccompanied choir, featuring works by Martin, Howells, Macmillan, Orban, Pärt, Tavener, Messiaen, Whitacre, and others.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! The 2009-2010 season marks the Debut of The CONCORA Cabaret Singers! Did you know that many CONCORA "classical" singers are also accomplished in the jazz, Broadway, and popular repertoires? The very same singers who render Bach arias perfectly can also thrill you with steamy torch songs and smoky tangos. This “other side of CONCORA” will take the stage in a series of exuberant performances at City Arts on Pearl. The programs will be linked thematically to the theatrical productions scheduled to take place at TheaterWorks and will be presented on stage at that venue. The series’ artistic director is Brian Patton, a former CONCORA artist and an in-demand cabaret director in the Boston area. (Dates and times TBA; sign up for CONCORA's mailing list to receive updates.)
If you’re already on CONCORA’s mailing list, keep an eye out for the season brochure, which will be out soon. CONCORA also provides a very attractive electronic update with news of upcoming concerts, special events, and more. If you’d like to join the mailing list (print or electronic), call the CONCORA office at 860-224-7500, or visit the CONCORA website at http://www.concora.org/.
Later this month, I’ll find out which of these concerts I’ve been assigned to. From among the 55 or so singers on CONCORA’s roster, Mr. Coffey chooses a unique ensemble for each program, as dictated by the vocal sound, color, and texture he envisions for each program. Of course, I hope to be able to sing in every concert (well, not the cabaret, which I will enjoy from the audience side). But it’s also a delight to be part of the CONCORA audience, as I described in a recent post HERE.