Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas with CONCORA ― Artists' Choice


CONCORA presents Christmas with CONCORA: Artists’ Choice on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday December 15 at 4:00 PM at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, in West Hartford.


CONCORA continues its celebration of its 40th season with these two concerts, the 25th edition of Christmas with CONCORA, and the final Christmas concerts conducted by Artistic Director Richard Coffey, who plans to step down at the end of the 2013-2014 season. Organist and pianist for the two performances is Erik Eickhoff.

Maestro Coffey invited CONCORA’s singers to name their favorite selections from past Christmas programs. More than 100 pieces were nominated by the singers, and Maestro Coffey chose favorites from the Renaissance to the present day.

Repertoire for Christmas with CONCORA: Artists’ Choice includes a 1954 setting of “Hymne à la Vierge” (Hymn to the Virgin) by French composer Pierre Villette, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” for men’s voices, arrangements from current and former CONCORA singers who are also composers (Paul Flight, Edward Tyler, Colin Britt, and Jonathan Clune), and Harold Darke’s setting of “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

Christmas with CONCORA:  Artists’ Choice
Saturday, December 14, 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 15, 4:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford
Tickets: Preferred seating: $45. General Seating: $25. Student seating: $10.
phone: 860-293-0567 www.concora.org

ABOUT CONCORA

Acclaimed as Connecticut’s premier professional choir, CONCORA presents masterful performances of the world’s finest choral music. Over its forty year history, the ensemble has built an extraordinary reputation for excellence. CONCORA’s mission is to perpetuate and perform with excellence choral music of the highest quality for the broadest possible audience.

Richard Coffey, one of New England’s principal choral conductors and church musicians, founded CONCORA as an all-professional vocal ensemble in 1974, and continues to serve as its artistic director. Mr. Coffey is also the minister of music at South Church in New Britain, Connecticut, and the music director of the Hartford Chorale. The 2013-2014 season, CONCORA’s 40th season, marks Maestro Coffey’s final season with CONCORA.

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