NEW BRITAIN — Connecticut’s The acclaimed professional choir will present its first finalist for the Artistic Director position to succeed Richard Coffey, who stepped down after 40 years at the end of the 2013-14 season.
CONCORA selected David Hodgkins, who is scheduled to conduct on Oct. 26 at 4:00 PM at First Church of Christ, 830 Corbin Ave., New Britain. in New Britain, in a program titled “Tradition Re-Imagined.” The program will include works by Vivaldi, Pärt, Poulenc, and others, plus the Bach motet Komm, Jesu, Komm.
Hodgkins’ concept of the program is one of taking the old and re-forming it, or re-imagining it, into the contemporary. Thus he presents four versions of Ave Maria, from the original plainsong chant, through a Renaissance version, to Bruckner, to 21stcentury Kevin Memley.
Similarly, he offers the Magnificat, a beautiful text taken from Luke’s Gospel, in arrangements from Vivaldi, with a chamber orchestra of Hartford Symphony musicians, and Arvo Pärt, an a cappella arrangement that is perhaps best described as ‘ethereal.’
The second half offers Francis Poulenc’s Huit Chansons Françaises (Eight French Songs), which. Poulenc wrote in a burst of nationalistic pride. They are all settings of old French folk rhymes, and while most of the melodies are Poulenc’s, a few of the movements are also loosely based on traditional folk songs.
The concert closes with a selection of spirituals and gospel songs, to glorify an American tradition that was passed down aurally from generation to generation.
Tickets are $50 for preferred seating, $30 for general seating, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students. 2-for-1 general seating tickets are available with Let*s Go! Arts card. Order online at www.concora.org, or by phone at 860-293-0567.