Over the last 250 years, Handel’s Messiah has become associated with large choirs and orchestras. But the first performance, held in Dublin in April of 1742, was a much smaller-scale affair and was presented as part of a revenue-raising concert tour Handel took to Ireland. Three dozen men and boys from the city’s Anglican cathedrals combined to form the choir, joined by an intimate instrumental ensemble. We reflect those original forces in our performance, the first CONCORA has presented in several years, and the only opportunity to hear all three parts in the Hartford area this season.
We Shall Feed His Flock
CONCORA and St. James’s Episcopal Church invite you to bring a non-perishable donation to share with neighbors in need. Contributions will go to the West Hartford Food Pantry and the Hartford Catholic Worker.
Performance information and tickets:
Friday, November 30 • 7:30 p.m.
St. James's Episcopal Church,
1018 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT
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CONCORA’s 45th Season continues...
Though Dieterich Buxtehude may not be a household name now, his stature was such that the young Johann Sebastian Bach walked 250 miles to hear his Membra Jesu Nostri in the north German city of Lübeck. Nine years later during his time as court composer, Bach wrote the famous Weimar Cantatas, three of which you will hear on our annual Bach concert.
In our 2019 celebration of American choral music, we pair Music & Art: New Britain Museum of American Art, coupling pieces from their collection with choral works from the same artistic school. We will also turn to one of the most American of all art forms, New York, New York: Great Broadway Choruses featuring talented young singers from area high schools.
This is an exciting season of so many different styles of music. Please join us as we explore these works whose origins are such an important part of their identity.