MANCHESTER, Connecticut – Emanuel Lutheran Church invites the Greater Hartford community to a unique performance of Russian Orthodox music featuring Concora, Connecticut Choral Artists, on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 5pm. The singers are directed by Richard Coffey. The performance will take place at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church Street, Manchester. Suggested donation $15. Open to the public. Building is handicapped-accessible. Reception after the concert.
About the Concert
With the expert guidance of noted Russian music specialist, editor, and publisher Vladimir Morosan, CONCORA will present a full-length concert of great sacred choral works from the Orthodox tradition in the acoustically resplendent Emanuel Lutheran Church. This “Eclectic All-Night Vigil” (or Vespers) will feature the fifteen traditional sacred texts identified with Vespers, but selected from works by a number of composers, including Georgy Sviridov, Pavel Chesnokov, Alexander Kastalsky, Alexander Gretchaninoff, Arvo Pärt, and of course, Sergei Rachmaninoff.
CONCORA’s mission, “to perpetuate and perform with excellence choral music of the highest quality for the broadest possible audience,” represents a commitment to the Connecticut community, a commitment to artistic excellence, masterful performances, and educational enrichment – enhancing the lives of generations.
Since its founding in 1974 by its conductor and Artistic Director, Richard Coffey, CONCORA has held a unique place in the arts community as Connecticut’s premier professional choir, and has built an extraordinary reputation for artistic excellence throughout New England. CONCORA was the recipient of the 2003 Governor’s Arts Award, in recognition of remarkable artistic achievement and contributions to the arts in Connecticut.
The ensemble’s versatility is demonstrated in its wide range of repertoire, from the great choral masterpieces to newly commissioned compositions, including arrangements of folk music, spirituals and popular music. The roster of singers yields performing groups appropriate to the repertoire, and these ensembles can vary in size from four to forty or more voices. Choral music has the power to cross cultural boundaries and to move hearts, and CONCORA’s mission to reach a broad and diverse audience extends not only to the choral aficionado, but also to those who may be touched by the beauty of the choral art for the first time.
Brett Judson, Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 643-1193, x 306