Eastern CT Symphony Opens 72nd Season with Concert Oct 20
Surround yourself in contrasting rhapsodies as the ECSO begins its 18-19 season! The concert opens with George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, a lush work full of dance rhythms and drinking songs that recalls the folk music of the composer’s homeland. The evening’s soloist, pianist Svetlana Smolina, makes her ECSO debut performing one of the 20th century’s most romantic favorites for piano and orchestra, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Following intermission, the sounds of Christopher Rouse’s Rapture will take listeners on a sonic experience of ever-changing tempo and dynamic energy. The finale of the evening is Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnol, a showcase of the French composer’s ability to orchestrate Spanish-inspired soundscapes. This concert is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Symphony, a group of dedicated volunteers who works tirelessly to support the ECSO’s mission.
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.