Updates & Announcements

Polka Ensemble Oct. 18

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

Clarinet Polka

Helena Polka

Liechtensteiner Polka

Pennsylvania Polka

Domino 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.

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.