Updates & Announcements

NBSO Celebrates Brahms with May Concert

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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.

Beatles String Quartet 3/29

Part of our FREE CONCERT series, the songs of the Beatles are considered to be music reflecting the desires of a generation that continues to inspire. This performance of Beatles music will be performed in special arrangements for string quartet by the NBSO’s own Fab Four:

Meredith Bryant – Violin
Carolyn Engle – Cello
Amy Jones – Viola
Stephan Tieszen – Violin

Wednesday March 29, 2017 @ New Britain Public Library 6:30pm.

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Piano Four Hands Postponed to 2/19

Piano Four Hands  Concert Postponed

Due to inclement weather, Piano Four Hands, part of the ongoing New Britain Symphony mini-series of free concerts, has been rescheduled to 3 pm  Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Trinity on Main, 69 Main Street, New Britain, CT. A reception to meet pianists Lan-Ya Huang and Floyd Higgins will follow the performance.  More information  about the concert may be obtained from the NBSO website, newbritainsymphony.org.

NBSO Celebrates America with November Concert

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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.ToFreedom

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,
settling in New Britain.

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 office@newbritainsymphony.org.

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.

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

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         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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