The New Britain Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Ertan Seyyar Sener, is excited to open its 68th concert season on Sunday, November 20 with “…To Freedom”, a concert celebrating America and the American experience.
The program will include the patriotic “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams, composed in 1986 for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty; the heartbreaking “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber, a piece associated with periods of national mourning; and Antonín Dvořák’s magnificent Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”, more commonly known as the “New World Symphony”. The theme from the symphony’s Largo movement is familiar to many as it has been adapted into the spiritual song “Goin’ Home”.
A highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of “Are There Still Bells”, a piece for orchestra and chorus based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Christmas Bells”, evoking the universal quest for peace on Earth in troubled times. The composer, Albert Hurwit, is a Hartford native and winner of the American Composer Competition in 2009 for the third movement of his Symphony No. 1, which will also be performed at the concert. The movement, titled “Remembrance”, is a piece which reflects the sadness and hope of the composer’s family as they escaped the persecution of the pogroms in Russia to start a new life in America,
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The concert will take place Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 3 pm in Central Connecticut State University’s Welte Hall. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, and free for children and college students (with ID). Tickets may be purchased online, at the door or in advance by contacting the Symphony office at (860) 826-6344 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The New Britain Symphony was first started in 1948 when several faculty members at the former Teacher’s College, now Central Connecticut State University, joined together to explore the idea of a symphony orchestra. In June of 1952 the New Britain Symphony Society was organized by Helen Kilduff, Supervisor of Music in the New Britain Schools, and became incorporated in December of 1953. Since then, the New Britain Symphony Society, Inc. has worked diligently to fulfill its mission to continue the tradition of live symphonic music in the greater New Britain community.