This spring brings compelling collaborative concerts featuring Voices of Concinnity

As many performing groups have experienced, Consonare Choral Community made the difficult decision at the end of the year to postpone our in-person performances previously scheduled for winter to this spring.

The safety and comfort-level of our audience and singers is our top priority, as the journey experienced through the performance of live music should be at the forefront of any of concert. That is why we are pleased to announce that our Woven Skies Concert Series featuring Voices of Concinnity, directed by Sarah Kaufold, has been moved to this Spring 2022.


Woven Skies Concert Series will be presented as three (3) separate concert collaborations starting in April 2022 featuring Voices of Concinnity and sponsored by Consonare Choral Community. These three special programs are planned as in-person events including a pre-concert virtual discussion for the first concert.


Why "Woven Skies"? When this concert series was first envisioned in 2019, the idea was to craft a program to encourage the audience draw their eyes upward to remind us of our shared humanity. The orbits and paths of celestial entities are intertwined and intersect, much like the woven threads of fabric; hence, "woven skies". The sky should be a reflection of our connection here on earth since we all look up at the same stars and rely on the gift of the same sun. But, injustice stands in our way. The Woven Skies Concert Series will feature collaborations between Voices of Concinnity and three other vocal ensembles to illuminate through choral music how turning our eyes to the celestial can build community here on earth.

Woven Skies Concert Series will feature collaborations to illuminate through choral music how turning our eyes to the celestial can build community here on earth.

Woven Skies Concert #1: Stars are for all who look up

Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7:00pm - Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford

Gazing upon the night sky can invite awe and wonder, inspiring us to write prose, compose songs, or find spiritual connection. Did you know that not everyone has access to viewing the night sky? "Stars are for all who look up" will feature our Voices of Concinnity and special guest Unitus Ensemble, a Boston based vocal ensemble directed by Dr. Anthony Trecek-King that seeks "to create emotionally immersive concert experiences that spark reflection, promote socially just education, and inspire action." Celestial projections will accompany reflective and thought-provoking choral music about the stars and our connection to the sky at this in-person performance.

Dr. Anthony Trecek-King (Unitus Ensemble)

This concert has an accompanying virtual discussion that explores the injustice of experiencing the night sky by asking, "Are stars for all who look up?" Charter Oak Cultural Center will host a free virtual panel discussion exploring the intersection of the injustice of experiencing the night sky. Not all have the same privilege to see stars at night due to environmental factors, like light pollution, and social limitations. such as inequity of access to outdoor spaces or lack of gender/racial diversity in STEM fields like astronomy. Consonare Choral Community chose to explore this topic through a concert and discussion because similar inequities are mirrored in the classical music field. This event is supported by a grant from CT Humanities


Woven Skies Concert #2: The Gift of the Same Sun

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:00pm - (location will be announced soon)

This concert will feature our Voices of Concinnity and special guest Novi Cantori, directed by Todd Fruth, a choir that "strives to create emotionally resonant musical experiences, to connect and support local communities, and to feature music from historically underrepresented voices."

We will contemplate the contributing factors of food equity through singing thoughtful choral works that explore our connection to the sun and one another.


Woven Skies Concert #3: The Open Heavens

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 7:00pm - Trinity College Chapel, Hartford

The concept of heaven has many different perspectives and ideals associated with it, considering our acceptance of and connection with each other here on earth. This special concert will feature our Voices of Concinnity and special guest The Choir School of Hartford, directed by Michelle Horsley, a vibrant and diverse community of dedicated singers between the ages of eight and eighteen from Hartford.

The Choir School of Hartford

Songs of heaven and human connection will use innovative and new ways to explore the wonderful acoustic space of Trinity College Chapel to create a soundscape that is out of this world.

 

We greatly appreciate the flexibility, understanding, and support of our audience during a challenging two years of this pandemic. We are truly looking forward to sharing "Woven Skies" live and in-person with the community.

Please keep watch of our website for ticket information: https://www.consonare-sing.org/concinnity-concerts

 

Voices of Concinnity is a 12-voice professional ensemble of dedicated, seasoned choral artists from diverse backgrounds who strive to cultivate the art of chamber ensemble singing in Connecticut, sponsored by Consonare Choral Community. Concinnity's mission is to connect with the community through exquisitely crafted, living choral music that fosters inclusion with innovative and collaborative programming, explores representation in choral music, and ensures affordable access to quality performances and programs for all.


Thank you to all of our partners in this Woven Skies Series: Unitus Ensemble, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Novi Cantori, The Choir School of Hartford, Trinity College Chapel. Support for a portion of this project has been provided from Connecticut Humanities (CTH), an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanties through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. Learn more by visiting cthumanties.org.