Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers in Concert

An Instrument of Peace: Music in Response to Violence and Injustice

    Colin Britt conducting, featuring instrumentalists and vocal soloists from the Hartt School
  • Sunday, June 9, 2013 │ 3:00 pm

Center Church (near the Hartford Athenaeum)
675 Main Street (at Gold Street), Hartford, CT

    Free admission courtesy of a grant provided by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, Trustee.

Doors open at 2:30

Our Chorale/Orchestral Masterworks History

The Hartford Chorale in concert with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Requiem by Verdi with Edward Cumming conducting.
Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. April 3, 2009


Over the years, the Chorale has given critically acclaimed performances of major choral/orchestral masterworks, including:

  • Orff’s Carmina Burana,our first performance under the baton of Carolyn Kuan
  • Beethoven’s Mass in C, our first performance under the baton of Edward Cumming
  • Verdi’s Requiem, under the direction of noted American choral conductor Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, with Yale Camerata and the University of Connecticut Festival Chorus, to commemorate Michael Lankester’s final year as the Music Director of the HSO
  • Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (March 2000), to mark the 100th anniversary of that piece’s premiere
  • Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, Durufle and Berlioz
  • Premiering works by Dave Brubeck and West Hartford composer Edward Diemente
  • Commissioning two choral/orchestral works: And Sing Eternally by Alice Parker, one of America’sfinest choral composers and a long-time collaborator of Robert Shaw; and A Symphony of Songsby Frederick Tillis, a noted classical and jazz composer from the University of Massachusetts, thesetting of which was four poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Hartford resident,Wallace Stevens
  • Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part I, with CONCORA and the HSO under Richard Coffey
  • Handel’s Messiah, as part of the HSO Masterworks Series for the first time in December 2005, to record-setting crowds; Richard Coffey conducted
  • Three performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, including a performance at Woolsey Hall in New Haven
  • Mozart’s Requiem, to observe his 250th birth anniversary; one of the performances was dedicated to the memory of Donna LeMay, a long-time Chorale member and devoted Chorale manager

Greetings from Richard Coffey, Music Director

A Message from Richard Coffey

[frame type=”left” width=”175″ height=”210″ src=”/wp-content/uploads/richard-coffey4-home-01.jpg” alt=”Richard Coffey, Music Director” title=”Richard Coffey, Music Director”] Some anthropologists and other human-behavior specialists tell us that the first sounds we make, post-womb, are musical. Other scientists and philosophers claim that vocal music, that is, singing, can be classified and described back to the earliest days of civilization as songs of lament (at the death of a child, for instance), songs of love (a mating cry), and songs of joy (an ecstatic outburst). What makes us sing so freely (often when we think no one is listening)? Why do some melodies make their nest in our brains such that we sometimes need to chase them out (to make room for new ones)? This is not a quiz, and there are no correct answers.

But singing, both primitive and modern, is at the heart of much of our human communication, within ourselves and with others, and choral singing is a radiant, timeless expression of that need to “commune.” The Hartford Chorale, as the region’s principal symphonic chorus, is at the heart of this large, southern New England “neighborhood.” Its 180 voices deliver to thousands of ears, minds, and hearts, the inexplicable and ineffable treasure and pleasure of text and tune, melody and harmony, antiphony and polyphony.

If you would like to “commune” with us, please do so, either by joining our song as a performing member, by visiting a rehearsal, or by attending a concert. You will be transformed by the power of the human voice and its capacity to move the soul. Your long-lost, perhaps “primitive” song will be unleashed, and everyone will rejoice at the new you! For enrichment, inspiration, and fulfillment, hitch your wagon to the Chorale “star” and become…stellar.

Richard Coffey, Music Director
The Hartford Chorale

Season 2012 – 2013

Tickets and seating arrangements vary with location.
Tickets are sold at the door at concert time.

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As of April 2013


Chorale Favorites


October 23, 2012

[col_1_2]The Governors Mansion
990 Prospect Avenue
Hartford CT 06105


South Windsor Cultural Arts Program

[col_1_2]Sunday 3 pm

December 2, 2012

[col_1_2]First Congregational Church
992 Main Street
South Windsor, CT 06074[/col_1_2]


Christmas with the Hartford Chorale

[col_1_2]Saturday 8 pm

December 8, 2012

[col_1_2]Featured Artist
Immanuel Church
10 Woodland Street
Hartford CT 06105


Holiday Music with the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers

[col_1_2]Saturday 3 pm

December 15, 2012

[col_1_2]Sponsored by Nelson Hall at Elim Park
Elim Park
140 Cook Hill Road
Cheshire, CT 06410


Our American Heritage

[col_1_2]Saturday 7:30 pm

February 23, 2013

[col_1_2]The Unitarian Society of Hartford
50 Bloomfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105


Haydn’s Paukenmesse

[col_1_2]Sunday 3:00 pm

June 9, 2013

[col_1_2]Center Church
60 Gold Street (near the Hartford Athenaeum)
Hartford, CT 06103
With instrumentalists from the Hartt School
Colin Britt, Conductor[/col_1_2]