Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Celebrating CONCORA!

.Tune in to Hartford-area WJMJ Radio (88.9 Hartford, 93.1 Hamden, and 107.1 New Haven) tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 30, at 10:00 p.m., when Joe Etcheto, host of "Classics by Night" on WJMJ Radio, will feature music of CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the all-professional choral ensemble in which I sing.

CONCORA is also featured in the October issue of Connecticut magazine, in a lovely article by Connecticut writer Lary Bloom. The piece is essentially a profile of CONCORA’s Artistic Director Richard Coffey, who founded CONCORA 35 years ago.

Bloom writes eloquently of the important place that CONCORA, and Richard Coffey, hold in Connecticut’s arts community:

“I have…thought about Richard Coffey’s place in our cultural life. We have lost Connecticut Opera and the series that brought the world’s greatest orchestras to The Bushnell [Center for the Performing Arts] in Hartford and masters of classical music to the Shubert [Theater] in New Haven. But after 35 years there is still CONCORA. We can hear it in CDs, or, better yet, live as it celebrates its anniversary with a concert in November. Then together, ensemble and audience, we can offer our own Hallelujah chorus.”
The concert mentioned in the article is CONCORA’s 35th anniversary bash on Sunday, November 22, at 4:00 p.m. at South Church in New Britain. Past and current CONCORA members will offer a wonderful program of choral music from five centuries. Call CONCORA (860-224-7500) or visit http://www.concora.org/ for more information. (I’ll be singing in the concert and preparing the program notes.) It will be a very special evening to celebrate a very special ensemble.

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