Monday, October 17, 2011

An Extraordinary Concert

CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the professional choir in which I sing, opens its 2011-2012 season with “An Extraordinary Concert” this Sunday, October 23, The concert begins at 7:30 in the acoustically resplendent sanctuary of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, Connecticut.

In this concert, CONCORA performs with the finest student choirs from Hall, Ledyard, Westbrook, Manchester, and Lyme/Old Lyme High Schools and CCSU’s University Singers, singing a selection of the world’s best choral music from the Renaissance to the present day.

I’ve enjoyed exploring the music for this concert both as a singer and also as a music historian, since I prepared the program notes which will be printed in the concert program. I’ll share some snippets from those notes over the next few days. You can see the entire song list at the end of this post.

Don’t miss what one person has called “the most awesome listening experience!”

Tickets are selling quickly! Contact the CONCORA office to reserve your seat.


An Extraordinary Concert
Sunday, October 23, 2011 – 7:30 p.m.
Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford, Connecticut

Antiphonal Music for Combined Choirs

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
“Heilig ist Gott der Herr Zebaoth!”

The High School and University Choirs

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (BWV 147)

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)
“O magnum mysterium”

Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)
“Lamentations of Jeremiah”

Music by The University Singers

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
“Gaudete omnes”

Luca Marenzio (1553-1599)
“Dissi a l'amata mia lucida stella”

Dan Campolieta
Settings of Dickinson texts:
“Will There Really be a ‘Morning’?”
“Wild Nights!”

Music by CONCORA

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
“Abendlied zu Gott” (“Evening Song to God”)

Jean Berger (1909-2002)
“Alleluia!” from Psalmo Brasileiro (Brazilian Psalm)

Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
“O vos omnes”

Edward Tyler
“Saint Teresa’s Bookmark”

Alice Parker (b. 1925)
“Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal”

The Combined Choirs

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
“Kyrie” from Messe Solennelle (1878, Op. 36)

Morton Lauridsen (b. 1943)
“O magnum mysterium”

Harry T. Burleigh (1866–1949)
“My Lord, what a mornin”

Brazeal Dennard (b. 1929)
“Fare Ye Well”


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