Announcing CONCORA's 2018-2019 Season!
To celebrate our 45th season, CONCORA explores music that remains indelibly linked, for a variety of reasons, to the time and place of its creation.
Handel’s Messiah, a work that has come to transcend its time and place, was actually composed as part of a revenue-raising concert tour that Handel took to Dublin, Ireland.
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.
With Craig Hella Johnson’s remarkable new work Considering Matthew Shepard, we commemorate an especially tragic time and place: October 6, 1998, when Matthew Shepard was so cruelly beaten and left to die in a windswept field outside Laramie, Wyoming. This concert is the first in CONCORA's new Music with a Mission Project — concerts outside of our usual season which raise money to support local charities.
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.