Mini Series Begins with Polka Ensemble on Oct. 18
The New Britain Symphony Orchestra will begin its 69th season on Oct. 18 with Polka Ensemble, a free mini-concert celebrating the polka: its history , traditions, and place in American music. The concert will be performed by Walter Mamlok on clarinet, Michael Schiano, accordion, David Schweitzer, tuba, and David Edricks, percussion.
The program will include:
Beer Barrel Polka
along with other gems, like The Woodpecker Song (an Italian polka) and the Laughing Polka, plus a few waltzes along the way.
New Britain Symphony president Sylvia O’Reilly, said that the orchestra is delighted to be celebrating the polka and its strong ties to New Britain. “ The Polish community is such a vital and vibrant part of our community that we are thrilled to be presenting a program of its most popular music.
The concert, part of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra free monthly mini-concert series celebrating local music traditions, will take place 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Rd, Berlin CT. For more information, contact the Symphony office at 826-6344, or online at www.newbritain symphony.org.
The New Britain Symphony Orchestra is excited to open its 69th season on Nov 5, 2017 with CELEBRATION, a full-symphony orchestra concert of works reflecting beginnings, endings, and the triumph of hope over adversity. The Orchestra, under the baton of Musical Director Ertan Seyyar Sener, will perform 4 pieces:
Overture to Candide Leonard Bernstein
First Suite in E-flat major for Military Band Gustave Holst
Clarinet Concerto in A major K. 622 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op.67 Ludwig von Beethoven
The concert will open with the Overture to Candide from Leonard Bernstein’s 1957 operetta based on the Voltaire novella of the same name. The piece is a lighthearted blending of four featured tunes from the operetta, all reflecting the theme,” All’s for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”
Holst’s Suite in E-flat major for Military Band, completed on 1909, is the first major work ever written to showcase wind, brass and percussion. The three movements, Chaconne, Intermezzo, and March, are all based on English folk tunes and carols, and are meant to be played continuously; the exuberant work is considered to be one of the best known and most loved pieces ever written for military bands.
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, featuring soloist James Kleiner, was Mozart’s last orchestral work, completed less than 2 months before his death in 1791, when he was at the height of his powers. The piece moves from the light and joyful Allegro, through the measured and melodic Adagio to the final Rondo, a bouncy“whirlwind of sound” .
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67, opens with arguably the 4 most famous notes in classical music, known as the Fate motif. The work, first performed in 1808, was written while Beethoven was suffering from worsening deafness; the Symphony progresses from the dramatic opening movement Sonata through the lyric Andante, the thunderous Scherzo, and the joyful Finale.
The concert will take place Sunday, Nov, 5 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, online at newbritainsymphony.org., or by phone at 860 823-6344.