Updates & Announcements


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.

Upcoming NBSO Society Friends Bus Trips

The NBSO is excited to announce TWO summer bus trips this year. First, join members of the NBSO Society Friends on Saturday, July 18 with a bus trip to see the New York City Ballet perform La Sylphide and Bournonville Divertissements at the Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. $125 per person includes your ticket for the performance, round trip transportation, and lunch at the Hall of Springs.

The second bus trip is to Tanglewood, in the Massachusetts Berkshires, on Sunday, August 9 to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit with special guest, violinist Joshua Bell, perform Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto, No. 2, and Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique. $130 per person includes your ticket for the performance, round trip transportation to Lennox, MA, and lunch at the terrace at the Cranwell Resort.

To book your tickets for a scheduled bus trip, please call Dieter Johannes at 860-426-3179 or contact the Symphony Office at 860-826-6344 to be added to the bus trips mailing list.

“Ode to Nature” Concert Announcement

Pre-Concert Lecture by NBSO Conductor, Ertan Seyyar Sener


Ertan Seyyar Sener

Birds, nature’s born musicians, have been inspiring composers for centuries.  Western Classical music, as well as music from around the world, has been affected by the tonal patterns of bird song. Come listen to music inspired by nature’s winged friends. “Music For The Birds” is an aviary journey through some of the greatest composers of Western Classical Music.

A discussion, led by Ertan Seyyar Sener, Conductor/Music Director of the New Britain Symphony Ode To Nature Ticket FinalOrchestra, will be held on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00pm, with an opening reception at 6:30pm, at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, 191 Farmington Avenue, Kensington. We will listen to excerpts of the upcoming concert “Ode To Nature”, presented by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 pm, at Welte Hall at Central Connecticut State University.  In conjunction with Hungerford Park, learn about some of the most bird inspired sounds of classical music. Mr. Sener was recently confirmed as the permanent conductor and music director of the New Britain Symphony.

“Ode to Nature” is a collaboration between the NBSO and the New Britain Youth Museum and will feature a special performance by Dancentral.  The full details for the “Ode to Nature” concert and online ticket purchase can be found here.

Mark Your Calendars for the Rescheduled Valentine’s Mini-Concert

A special concert featuring a harp, flute, and voice trio will be performed Saturday, April 25, 3:00 p.m., at Mooreland Hill School, 166 Lincoln Street, Kensington. This April 25 concert is the rescheduled performance of the one snowed out February 8. The concert, presented in the Symphony’s Mini Concert Series, is free and open to the public.

The program will include works by Saint-Saens, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Britten, and Gershwin, as well as selections from Bizet’s Carmen. “We invite all music lovers to bring their sweethearts, best friends, and families to hear music expressing love through the ages” said Nancy Judd, Symphony President.

The New Britain Symphony musicians performing are Patricia Schuman, voice; Megan Sesma, harp; and Jennifer Berman, flute. Schuman has enjoyed a career at the highest international level, having sung leading roles at prestigious venues including the Metropolitan, Vienna, and Salzburg Operas, Covent Garden and throughout Connecticut. Before moving to Connecticut, Berman was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago where she was a co-principal flutist. In addition to performing with the New Britain Symphony she has also appeared with the Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi, and Norwalk Symphony. Sesma, principal harpist with the U.S. Coast Guard Band and New England Regional Director of the American Harp Society, also appears with the New Britain Symphony.

A reception will follow with Valentine’s treats, wine and other beverages. A free will offering will be taken for the benefit of the Mooreland Hill Scholarship fund and the Symphony’s Mini Concert Series.

Do not miss this concert! Love will be in the air with hearts and flowers and all the trimmings. Excellent parking in the Mooreland Hill School parking lot and on the street.