Eastern CT Symphony Concert Feb 23 in New London
Concert takes place at the Garde Arts Center, New London, CT
Featuring Justin Park, Cello (ECSO Instrumental Competition Winner)
Note: the new concert time is 7:30pm, and the pre-concert chats will begin at 6:30pm.
The next ECSO concert will feature the 2018 ECSO Instrumental Competition Winner, cellist Justin Park. 12 finalists appear at the competition each year, which is run by the Friends of the Symphony and open to the public. This year’s competition will be at Evans Hall, Connecticut College on Saturday, March 9 at 1pm. A separate press release for this event is to follow.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture opens this mid-winter concert. Commissioned to accompany the play Egmont by Goethe, this whirlwind overture takes the audience on an emotional journey depicting victory over oppression.
The ECSO 2018 Instrumental Competition Winner, Justin Park, performs Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra. Prokofiev called upon virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich to explore the richness of the cello as a soloist instrument, resulting in a dramatic and technically exciting work, with much interplay between soloist and orchestra.
Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada had the following statement: "Justin Park was voted unanimously as the winner of 2018 ECSO Competition because of his impeccable technique and extraordinary lyricism on one of the most difficult cello concertos, Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante which was written for the legendary Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich."
Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 closes out the program with its subtle Slavic themes, and showcases the work of a composer who was full of inspiration from his home country.
This concert is generously sponsored by Dominion Energy.
All attendees are urged to meet and greet with fellow concertgoers and ECSO musicians at the complimentary post-concert reception in the upper lobby of the Garde Arts Center. The reception is sponsored by Catherine Marrion and Waller, Smith & Palmer, P.C.
2018-19 Season general copy:
We are beyond excited to announce our 72nd season’s lineup, curated by Music Director and Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. Major repertoire selections from Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Mahler and many more will bring a thrilling range of sounds to the Garde stage. In addition to these timeless composers, we have co-commissioned a new work by Michael Torke, which will feature violinist, Tessa Lark, performing a bluegrass-style concerto. Along with the esteemed guest artists who will grace the front of the stage will be many familiar faces from within the ECSO’s very own sections. Stephan Tieszen, the ECSO’s Concertmaster for 30 years; principal bass, Tom Green; and principal violist, Barbara Wiggin, will all make featured appearances throughout the season. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus will join the ECSO for Verdi’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Mass in C Major.
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The ECSO offers a range of affordable seating options from $65 to as low as $31 for attendance to one concert. The ECSO will continue to offer those under 40 years of age and active or retired military members $12 tickets in premium sections. Patrons can also take advantage of the Pick 4 subscription, which enables people to schedule our concerts around their busy lives.
Founded in 1946, the mission of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate, and connect our communities through live orchestral music.