NBSO Celebrates Brahms with May Concert


The New Britain Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 69th concert season on Sunday, May 7, 2017 with an All Brahms Festival celebrating the work of Johannes Brahms on the 120th anniversary of his death in 1897.

The orchestra, under the baton of Musical Director Ertan Seyyar Sener, will perform three pieces:    Academic Festival Overture

Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

These three works showcase the depth and breadth of Brahms’ genius.  The Academic Festival Overture, written  in 1880 to celebrate his receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Breslau, is a lighthearted and boisterous piece  partly based on German drinking songs.  Variations on a Theme by Haydn, composed in 1873, is one of Brahms’ most  popular works, and his own personal favorite.   The 4 movements of his Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68, written in 1876, took Brahms 21 years to complete, and the lushness and drama of the piece were inspired by the works of Beethoven.

The concert will take place Sunday, May 7, 2017  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 at the door, or in advance by contacting the Symphony office at ( 860) 826-6344 or by e-mail at office@newbritainsymphony.org.

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