Updates & Announcements

2017-2018 Concert Series Announced!

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.

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.