Updates & Announcements

Calling High School Seniors!! Scholarship Opportunity

We are now accepting applications for this year’s Helen Kilduff-Elizabeth Elia Scholarship of one thousand dollars ($1,000), which is awarded to a high school senior in New Britain, Berlin, or Plainville who has been accepted by an institution of higher learning with a major in music.

More information and the application form can be found here.

NBSO’s Brass & Organ Opens Holiday Season December 6

The New Britain Symphony has announced its sixth annual Brass and Organ Concert to open the holiday season. The festive concert will be performed Sunday, December 6,  3 p. m.at St. Mark’s Church, 147 West Main Street, New Britain. The concert, an offering in the NBSO’s Mini-Concert series, is free and open to the public.

“Each year the NBSO is delighted to present this popular concert to usher in the season of lights and love,” said Sylvia O’Reilly, symphony president, “We invite our greater community to share this exhilarating experience of hearing the splendor of brass instruments and the sweet pipes of the organ playing the favorite music of the season.”

The NBSO musicians will perform under the lead of Walter Gibson, the symphony’s principal tuba player and personnel manager. Other featured brass players include Kenneth Tedeschi, trumpet; Frank Gawle, trumpet; Reese Farrell, horn; David Kayser, trombone. Organist Floyd Higgins, co-director of music with his wife at Sacred Heart Parish, Suffield, is also a member of the NBSO.

A free will offering will be taken for the benefit of the St Mark’s Food Pantry and the NBSO Mini Concert Series.

For further information regarding the program, visit www.newbritainsymphony.org or contact Todd Cheney, Executive Director, in the Symphony office at 860.826.6344.

“About Space” Concert Announcement

In collaboration with CCSU’s Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present an exciting concert, About Space, to open its 2015-2016 season. Maestro Ertan Seyyar Sener has developed an ambitious program for the November 8th event that is sure to please audience members of all ages. This concert will be held at CCSU’s Welte Hall at 3:00 p.m. on November 8th. Tickets are $20 for adults, and free for students and children.

Composer Elizabeth Brown

Composer Elizabeth Brown

Along with a “Star Wars” medley and the movements “Mars” and “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets Suite, the program will include the world premiere of “From the Rocks to the Stars” by composer and NBSO percussionist Christopher Swist and the Symphony premiere of “Arboretum” for solo theremin and antiphonal strings by Elizabeth Brown, with Brown as soloist.

Icarus at the edge of time

from Icarus At The Edge of Time

After the intermission will be the performance of a very ambitious multi-media piece, Icarus at the Edge of Time. Based on the book by Brian Greene, British film makers Al + Al put together an excellent mini-movie scored by Philip Glass. For our production, the NBSO will be performing the score while the film is projected above the stage and our special guest, actor John McDonough, narrates the story.

A drawing for a special CCSU Planetarium adventure to be presented by Planetarium Director Craig Robinson will take place at the conclusion of the concert. The winner may host up to 30 guests to explore the planets on a mutually agreed upon date. Symphony attendees may register for the drawing in the lobby preceding the concert. (The winner must be present for the drawing.)

We hope you will be able to attend, as this is sure to be one of the most exciting performances we have done. Tickets will be available at the door prior to the concert. Please contact NBSO Executive Director Todd Cheney at 860-826-6344 with any questions.

New Britain Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015-2016 Concert Season

Icarus At the Edge of Time

An extensive and ambitious 2015-2016 concert season has been announced by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, according to Sylvia O’Reilly, President. The season will officially open on Sunday, November 8th, in CCSU’s Welte Hall at 3:00 p.m., with a spectacular concert featuring works “About Space”. This concert is being presented in collaboration with CCSU’s Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium.

NBSO conductor and musical director Ertan Seyyar Sener is presenting an ambitious space program. Included will be a major multi-media performance of an odyssey through time and space, based on the children’s book Icarus At The Edge Of Time by author and physicist Brian Greene. This futuristic re-imagining of the classic myth takes audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time to the very edge of understanding. The program features an original score by composer Philip Glass, script adapted by Greene and David Henry Hwang and directed by Al + Al. Narration will be by John McDonough, well known published author and narrator of children’s books.

Along with a “Star Wars” medley and Gustav Holst’s Mars and Jupiter from “The Planets Suite” the program will include a world premiere of “From the Rocks to the Stars by composer and NBSO percussionist Christopher Swist and the Symphony premiere of “Arboretum” for solo theremin and antiphonal strings by Elizabeth Brown, with Brown as soloist, will round out the program.

A drawing for a special CCSU Planetarium adventure to be presented by Planetarium Director Craig Robinson will take place at the conclusion of the concert. The winner may host up to 30 guests to explore the planets on a mutually agreed upon date. Symphony attendees may register for the drawing in the lobby preceding the concert. The winner must be present for the drawing. Refreshments for the event will be provided by Sodexo, the campus food service.

A second main stage concert will be performed in Welte Hall on May 1, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. “Singing Strings” will feature Daniel Salazar, guitarist. Included in the program will be compositions by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Juan Crisostomo Arriaga, Isaac Albeniz, and Ernesto Lecuona.

“Our new slogan encompasses the words TRADITION, COMMUNITY, and MUSIC, each of which plays an important role in the Symphony’s outreach program throughout central Connecticut that centers on education,” said O’Reilly. To that end, the Symphony offers a free Mini Concert Series which showcases NBSO musicians. Seven ensembles will be presented in small venues such as libraries, churches, and museums in New Britain, Berlin, and Plainville. The musicians perform and engage the audiences in dialogue about music and the instruments of the orchestra, providing unique musical experiences for all ages. In addition, free tickets are offered through local non-profit organizations to area citizens who could not otherwise afford to attend the main stage concerts.

In addition, the NBSO presents a free full symphonic concert for all fifth grade students from New Britain, Plainville, Newington, Berlin, and home schooled students. The concert will feature American composers this year, including a Connecticut child prodigy composer. This season’s 19th Young People’s Concert, to be performed on April 6, 2016, will bring the total of young people reached through this unique educational performance to over 28,000. Other outreach programs include the annual Helen Kilduff – Elizabeth Elia juried scholarship award to an area high school senior who has been accepted by an institution of higher learning for the study of music. Also offered are premier bus trips to music venues in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

Tickets for the full symphony main stage concerts are $20 for adults and free for students. Information on all of the Symphony programs, and the purchase of tickets, may be obtained by visiting the website at www.NewBritainSymphony.org, emailing the office at office@newbritainsymphony.org, or by calling the Symphony office to speak with Todd Cheney, Executive Director, at 860-826-6344, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

GABRIEL LEARDI WINNER OF THE HELEN KILDUFF – ELIZABETH ELIA SCHOLARSHIP

The New Britain Symphony Orchestra has announced that recent New Britain High School graduate Gabriel Leardi is the 42nd recipient of the Helen Kilduff – Elizabeth Elia Scholarship. The scholarship is presented annually to a graduating high school student from New Britain, Berlin or Plainville who displays outstanding proficiency on an orchestral instrument, piano or voice and intends to major in music throughout his or her collegiate career.

Gabriel Leardi earned the award through his proficiency on the trombone. In addition to his work on the trombone he is also a talented vocalist. He has been a very dedicated student of music throughout his years at New Britain High School, having performed in nearly every ensemble within the Music Department and will begin the Music Education program at Central Connecticut State University this fall. “His excellent musicianship, eagerness to learn and to help others earned him the position of Drill Sergeant of the Marching Band and Student leader of the Madrigal/Show Choirs during his senior year,” said Brian Germain, Choral Director of New Britain High School.

As a dedicated musician and proven leader, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra is proud to help Gabriel Leardi continue his education in music at Central Connecticut State University.

For more information on the Helen Kilduff – Elizabeth Elia Scholarship please visit www.newbritainsymphony.org or contact the symphony at office@newbritainsymphony.org or (860) 826-6344.