A multi-faceted 2014-2015 concert season has been announced by the New Britain Symphony Society, the parent organization of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra. The schedule includes two main stage full symphonic concerts, a mini-concert series of six ensemble concerts, and the annual main stage education spectacular, presented free for all fifth grade students from New Britain, Berlin, Plainville, and other area schools.
“As we begin out 67th year, we do so with a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement” said Nancy F. Judd, Symphony president. “The Symphony Board of Directors is presenting an imaginative program which embraces the rich diversity of music interests. Each concert will have appeal to the dedicated classicist as well as to new attendees of all ages.”
The two main stage concerts will be performed in Welte Hall at Central Connecticut Stage University under the baton of Maestro Ertan Seyyar Sener. He returns to the New Britain Symphony following his well received debut with the Symphony last season. He is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a degree in conducting. He founded and performs regularly with Steel Sunrise Steel Street Band and is music director of the Simsbury Community Band. Sener has served on the faculty of the Hartt School Community Division since 1992. He has guest conducted orchestras in Connecticut, Maryland, and Ankara, Turkey.
The Welte Hall performance, November 2, 3:00pm, is a “SALUTE TO VIENNA,” presented in collaboration with the Austrian Donau Society, New Britain. Featured will be works of the great Vienna composers including Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss, Sr., Johann Strauss, Jr., and Anton Webern. Complementary refreshments will be served during intermission, featuring Austrian pastries by the Donau Society.
The second main stage concert, May 3, 2015 will be an “ODE TO NATURE!” in collaboration with the New Britain Youth Museum and Hungerford Park. The program will include Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals joined by a special performance by Dancentral, special guests and alumni, choreographed by Professor Catherine Fellows, CCSU Dance Program Director. Also on the program will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale). Attendees are invited to visit furred and feathered friends on display in the lobby before the performance and during intermission. In conjunction with the concert, Maestro Sener will give a presentation at Hungerford Park on Music for the Birds in the spring at a date to be announced, focusing on the works of Olivier Messiaen.
“The free six concert Mini Series will showcase talented Symphony Musicians through intriguing ensemble groups in small intimate venues” said Judd. Included in the series, planned by the Board and Education Committee are:
In addition to the Young People’s Concert, the Symphony’s outreach education program includes an annual music scholarship competition which awards a $1,000 scholarship to a New Britain, Berlin or Plainville senior who will pursue the study of music in college. The 2014 winner was Natalie Souza, 2014 graduate of Berlin High School, who began voice studies at Belmont College, Nashville, TN, in September.
Information about Symphony premier bus trips, concert programs and main stage ticket purchase can be obtained by visiting www.newbritainsymphony.org or by calling the NBSO office, (860)-826-6344 to speak with Todd Cheney, Executive Assistant.
The NBSO Klezmer Band Ensemble performed a free mini-concert for the visitors at the New Britain Museum of American Art on June 8, 2014. “Klezmer” is a musical tradition of Eastern European Jews, consisting largely of lively dance tunes and folk songs for weddings and other celebrations.
Natalie Souza, a 2014 graduate of Berlin High School, is the winner of the 2014 New Britain Symphony Helen Kilduff-Elizabeth Elia Music Scholarship competition. The scholarship of one thousand dollars is awarded annually to a high school senior in New Britain, Berlin, or Plainville who displays outstanding musical proficiency. Ms. Souza is pictured with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Don Souza, NBSO Board President Nancy Judd, and one of the competition judges, Pi-Hsun Shih, following her performance at the annual meeting of the New Britain Symphony Board in June. Ms. Souza will begin studies in September at Belmont College, Nashville, TN, as a vocal music major, studying professional and commercial voice.