On the Radio: NBSO Conductor & Local Composer Discuss World Premiere of “Are There Still Bells” with Phil Mikan


         Composer Albert Hurwit

Albert Hurwit, composer, retired physician, and native of Hartford with roots planted in New Britain, will be center stage on November 20, 2016, at the opening concert of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 concert season, 3 pm, Welte Hall, CCSU. During its concert titled ” . . . To Freedom”, the orchestra, under the direction of NBSO Music Director Ertan Seyyar Sener, will introduce the world premiere of Hurwit’s Christmas carol, “Are There Still Bells”, a piece inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells”. Hurwit has now extended the music into a universal entreaty for world peace. Of the Christmas piece, longstanding Hartford Courant music critic, Steve Metcalf said, “With this vivid and colorful piece, Hurwit may well have created the thing that nearly every composer, serious or popular, secretly longs to create, a Christmas standard.”

Maestro Ertan Seyyar Sener

Maestro Ertan Seyyar Sener

Also on the concert program will be Hurwit’s composition “Adagio from Symphony No. 1, Remembrance”, 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, settling in New Britain.

To hear more about Composer Hurwit and Conductor Sener and their upcoming collaboration, tune into Middletown radio station WMRD AM1150 or WLIS AM1420 on November 2 at 10 am to listen to the hour-long conversation between Sener, Hurwit, and popular radio host Phil Mikan, who is also the author of a weekly column which appears in the New Britain Herald  and Bristol Press.  Sener and Hurwit were previously interviewed together on an episode of “Family in Training” on Nutmeg TV.


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