Concora to present 'Masses Ancient and Modern' Sunday

Published on Friday, 9 February 2018 21:15
Written by Angie DeRosa


NEW BRITAIN/HARTFORD-Concora’s choral series returns for the third year with “Masses Ancient and Modern” at Trinity College Chapel in Hartford on Sunday.

This year’s program features three settings of the Latin Mass chosen by artistic director Chris Shepard.

“For the entire history of Western choral music, the Latin Mass text has been at the core of the repertoire,” said Shepard. “Setting this timeless text has long been a benchmark of sorts for choral composers.

The program opens with Gregorian chant, in a complete presentation of “Missa Orbis factor,” a highly-regarded mass setting of the Solesmes chant tradition. Other performances include the four-voice setting of 16th-century Tudor composer William Byrd – a representation of renaissance polyphony – and “Mass for Double Choir” by Swiss composer Frank Martin.

Concora’s roster holds about 50 singers, but for this performance Shepard selected 24 vocalists whose voices he thinks are suited for early and contemporary music.

“One of CONCORA’s notable qualities is the versatility of its singers and their ability to produce a wide range of colors and timbres appropriate to the broad range of repertoire we perform,” said Shepard.

He added, “In this concert, listeners will hear a wide spectrum of sound, starting with the simple melodies of Gregorian chant, broadening somewhat in the four-part, austere setting by William Byrd, and opening up to exuberant richness with the setting by Frank Martin, where the choir divides into two choirs, and within those choirs, divides still further to create a rich tapestry of sound.”

Tickets cost $10-55 and can be purchased at the door or online at

The concert begins at 4 p.m. Trinity College Chapel is located at 300 Summit St. in Hartford.

For more information visit or call 860-293-0567


WHAT: Concora’s Choral Series: Masses Ancient and Modern

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. Snow Date is Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Trinity Chapel at Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford

COST: $10-$55

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Friday, 9 February 2018 21:15. Updated: Friday, 9 February 2018 21:17.