The New Britain Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2016-2017 concert season. This year’s programming includes two main stage full symphonic concerts as well as a series of seven “mini-concert” ensemble performances.
The season will formally open on Sunday, November 20th, in Central Connecticut State University’s Welte Hall at 3 p.m., with the first of two main stages concerts, “…To Freedom”. The program for this concert includes a number of pieces celebrating the American experience, including “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams, Dvořák’s “From the New World” Symphony, and the world premiere of American Composer Competition winner Albert Hurwit’s “Are There Still Bells”, a new piece inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells”.
The second main stage concert, an “All Brahms Festival”, will also be performed in Welte Hall on May 7, 2016, at 3 p.m. This concert commemorates the 120th anniversary of the composer’s death. Tickets for both of the main stage concerts are $20 for adults and free for students. Free tickets are offered through local non-profit organizations to area citizens who could not otherwise afford to attend the main stage concerts.
Additionally, the symphony will be offering a free mini-concert series that showcases orchestra musicians in smaller, more intimate settings. Seven ensembles will be presented in small venues such as libraries, churches, and museums in New Britain, Berlin, and Plainville. At these concerts, the musicians perform and engage the audiences in dialogue about music and the instruments of the orchestra, providing unique musical experiences for all ages. Programs for this year’s series include a Beatles string quartet, the annual brass quintet and pipe organ, and a steel drum ensemble.
Annually, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra presents a free full symphonic concert for all fifth grade students from New Britain, Plainville, Berlin, and home schooled students. This season’s 20th annual Young People’s Concert will bring the total of young people reached through this unique educational performance to over 30,000. Other outreach programs include the annual Helen Kilduff – Elizabeth Elia juried scholarship, awarded to an area high school senior who has been accepted by an institution of higher learning for the study of music, and seasonal bus trips to music venues in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
Information on all of the Symphony programs, including a full calendar of events, may be obtained by downloading our brochure, emailing the Symphony office at email@example.com, or by calling the office at 860-826-6344.