In the 2017-2018 season, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) celebrates masterworks of the choral art, with fresh interpretations of music that many consider the greatest examples of the genre, including the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart and Bach’s monumental Saint Matthew Passion, all under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Shepard.
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Subscription sales for the 2017-2018 season have ended. Thanks to our many loyal patrons, subscription sales increased 300% over the previous season!
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About the Masterworks Season A Note from Artistic Director Chris Shepard
Metalwork, especially wrought iron, has long been the choice not only of builders, but also of artisans and artists. The material itself is strong, nearly unbreakable, and seemingly
eternal. Yes, it is unquestionably strong—but also, in the hands of a master, the designs are delicate and suggest infinite possibility. No novice can simply set out to create metalwork and expect perfection; that is solely the domain of the true master.
This is true of choral music as well. Over the centuries, many composers have created perfectly good music that is beautiful and continues in the repertoire. But like the great metal artistry shown in our event images, only the true choral masterpieces combine the uniqueness, breathtaking artistic detail, and durability to remain fresh and compelling. These anchors of our choral art remain capable of transforming us each time we experience them anew.
Three works stand out like great iron gates: Brahms’ German Requiem, Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, and Mozart’s Requiem. Each in their own way, these works offer entry into a world of power and beauty, sorrow and joy. Musical trends and fashions come and go, but these great choral masterworks stand firm. They are an artistic force to be reckoned with, to come to terms with, to wrestle with. Like a master painting, each bears re-visiting; there is always more to learn and to share with new audiences.
Other monumental pillars of the choral edifice — Gregorian chant, settings of the Latin Mass, and African-American spirituals — round out CONCORA’s 2017-2018 Masterworks season. We look forward to presenting these enduring classics with a fresh voice, hoping that you will join us to revisit, and be revived by, these foundational works of the choral repertoire. Come be part of our 44th season, and let us experience together the awe-inspiring works of the master builders.