Eastern CT Symphony Continues Season with Nov 17 Concert

Featuring Barbara Wiggin, Viola (ECSO Principal Viola); Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus
Note: the new concert time is 7:30pm and the pre-concert chats will begin at 6:30pm.
The ECSO continues its 72nd season with a festival of sounds inspired by Italian culture. Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite kicks off the festivities with his updated (1922) take on a popular 18th century Italian folk character.

This season the ECSO spotlights several of its principal players; the first, Principal Violist Barbara Wiggin performs American composer Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody, programmed to celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus then joins the orchestra on stage to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s rarely performed Stabat Mater. This will be the first concert that the Chorus is prepared by their new Music Director, Wendy Moy. The evening closes with Felix Mendelssohn’s ever-popular Symphony No. 4 (Italian), based upon musical sketches inspired by his two-year European trip.
This concert is generously sponsored by ASA Environmental Products, Inc. and Firefly Farms.
About Wendy Moy:
Wendy K. Moy is the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Connecticut College and the Co-Artistic Director of Chorosynthesis Singers. She is frequently sought as a guest conductor and clinician and recently made her conducting debuts in Brazil and China. Recent honors include placing 3rd in The American Prize in Choral Conducting (professional division) and being selected as a Fellow in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conductors Exchange Program. She performs as a soprano soloist and currently sings in CONCORA as well as Chorosynthesis Singers when not conducting. A violinist since the age of four, Wendy held the positions of violin coach, chamber music coordinator, and assistant conductor with the Cascade Youth Symphony Organization. She has presented her ethnographic research on the culture of successful singing communities at conferences around the world. She serves on the ACDA Standing Committee on International Activities and multiple grant selection panels. Wendy holds a Masters of Music Education from Westminster Choir College and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. For more information, please visit www.wendymoy.com.

About the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus:
The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus (ECSC) was founded as a subsidiary of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in 1967 with Connecticut College Choral Director James F. Armstrong directing. The ECSC is comprised of approximately 80 volunteer, auditioned singers of all ages. They perform with the ECSO annually in a subscription concert as well as independently in two choral repertoire concerts, a December holiday concert, and Palm Sunday concerts in Norwich.
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.