Con Brio is a 50 person classical,
auditioned, chorus. It is known for the variety of its repertoire,
sparkling programming and excellent musicality. Since it was founded in 1997
Con Brio has performed regularly to a growing and loyal local audience. The
choir has made four overseas concert tours and will be performing in Spain
and France in 2014. Con Brio is under the musical direction of Dr.
Jenkins Gloria:December 13 (8 pm) and Dec 15 (3 pm)
Jenkins is one of the most performed living composers in the world. Educated
at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music,
London, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace* alone has been performed
nearly 1,000 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released while
his recorded output has resulted in seventeen gold and platinum disc awards.
His style and integrity has transcended musical
boundaries encompassing jazz-rock with Soft Machine, the global ‘crossover’
phenomenon Adiemus, soundtracks for Levis and British Airways, while
stopping off along the way to score a Kiefer Sutherland movie, be a castaway
on BBC “Desert Island Discs”, be featured by Melvyn Bragg on the ITV seminal
South Bank Show and be awarded the Freedom of the City of London. Recordings
on EMI Classics include Requiem, Stabat Mater, Quirk,
Stella Natalis and The Peacemakers whilst he’s composed music
for HRH The Prince of Wales, Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Evelyn
Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra amongst many others.
A Doctor of Music, he holds Fellowships, Honorary Doctorates and
Professorships at five universities or conservatoires, including the Royal
Academy of Music, where a room has been named in his honour and in recent
years, has consistently been the highest placed living composer in Classic
FM’s “Hall of Fame”. In November 2009 he was given the Cymru For The World
Award and in March 2010 was honoured with the Hopkins Medal given by the St.
David’s Society for the State of New York.
He holds the Classic FM ‘Red f ‘award for ‘outstanding service to classical
music’ and was awarded an OBE, by Her Majesty The Queen, in the 2005 New
Year’s Honours List and a CBE in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours "for
services to music".
by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes
*Con Brio performed The Armed Man
on April 10, 2011.
The is one of the first opportunities in Connecticut to hear Jenkins'
highly acclaimed new work, following its US premiere on January 17, 2011 in
Carnegie Hall, New York. This is a 'not to be missed' event
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Con Brio is planning its next European Concert Tour
for May 10-26, 2014. Open to singers and non-singers
Barcelona, Toulouse, Périgord
Region, Loire Valley, Paris.