Concerts & Tickets - Upcoming

Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 23 February 2019 - 7:30 PM
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. Antonín Dvorák’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.
Sponsor: Dominion Energy
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, op. 84
Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125
Artist: Justin Park (Cello)
Dvorak: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
Connecticut College: Evans Hall
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 9 March 2019 - 1:00 PM
60th Annual ECSO Instrumental Competition

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra invites the general public to attend its annual Instrumental Competition. This competition, now in its 60th year, was established to recognize the outstanding talents of emerging young musicians through the age of 25. 12 contestants will be selected for the final round held at Evans Hall on the campus of Connecticut College in New London, CT on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00pm. Complimentary refreshments are offered at the conclusion of the competition, after judges announce the winners.
Presenter: ECSO Friends of the Symphony
Program TBA
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 7:30 PM
The ECSO ushers in spring with an eclectic blend of repertoire sure to entice listeners of all varieties. Continuing the tradition of featuring women composers, Joan Tower’s work Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 6, rounds out her 80th anniversary celebration. The ECSO co-commissioned the next work for violin and orchestra, Michael Torke’s Sky, a bluegrass-inspired concerto written for and performed by rising star violinist, Tessa Lark. On the concert’s second half, the orchestra performs the thrilling Symphonic Dances by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff composed the three-movement suite while overlooking the Long Island Sound in 1940. The work, originally conceived to be music for a ballet, combines wild rhythms and rich harmonies. Now it is performed most often in the concert hall as a stand-alone piece, which is a testament to its compositional strength.
Sponsor: Yale New Haven Health / Lawrence+Memorial Hospital
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Tower: Fanfare for the uncommon woman
Torke: SKY Violin Concerto
Artist: Tessa Lark (Violin)
Co-commissioned by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
St. Patrick Cathedral
Norwich, Connecticut
Sunday, 14 April 2019 - 7:30 PM
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Chorus To Perform Free Concert of Mozart’s Requiem on Sunday, April 14, 7:30pm

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform Mozart’s Requiem at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, CT on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30pm. General admission seating is free and the doors will open at 6:45pm.

The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation has given a significant grant to ensure that this concert is an accessible benefit to all of Southeastern CT and beyond. The Foundation had the following statement: “Kathryn Lord, Jeffrey Lord and Joel Suisman, Trustees of The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation, are excited to have offered grant support to the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra to once again bring its production of Mozart’s Requiem to the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. This free concert is a wonderful community activity for our Norwich neighbors to enjoy. The music, singing and ethereal acoustics provided by the Cathedral venue make this event a real ‘happening’ for Norwich.”

Soloists who will join the performance include soprano Sarah Yanovitch, a local of Griswold, now performing all across New England, baritone Gregory Flower, tenor Ethan DePuy, and mezzo-soprano Caroline Olsen.

Caleb Bailey, Executive Director of the ECSO was quoted as saying “We have a strong commitment toward enabling access to members of our community, and free concerts help realize this goal, along with our reduced-price offerings. We are so grateful for this grant from the Lord Foundation which helps us continue to share the music with our region in exciting ways.”

Goodwill donations collected at the event will benefit the ECSO and the St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich, CT.
Sponsor: The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation
Presenter: The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626
Ensembles: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Toshiyuki Shimada
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 27 April 2019 - 7:30 PM
The season finale opens with a piece from a true titan of orchestral music: Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture was derived from his only offering in the arena of ballet music. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus joins forces with the ECSO for another iconic composer’s offering. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Mass in C Major (Coronation) will ring out the hall with exuberance in its stately setting of the Mass text, which led it to be performed at coronations for many years, thus earning its subtitle. Closing out the evening and season is a work of epic proportions by Gustav Mahler, his Symphony No. 1 (Titan). Mahler defied convention with his first symphony, by borrowing sounds from nature, quoting “Frère Jacques” as a funeral march, and incorporating klezmer themes, all leading to a triumphant finale in full orchestral voice.
Sponsor: Olde Mistick Village
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Mozart: Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation"
Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
Connecticut College: Palmer Auditorium
New London, Connecticut
Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 2:00 PM
Special pricing: $10/adults, $5/children 18 & under

Join the ECSO for the continuation of its popular family concert offering, as we explore the excitement of orchestral music! The concert opens with a thrilling overture titled Los esclavos felices by Juan Arriaga. Next, South of the Border Mexican Medley by John Philips helps celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an arrangement of familiar melodies. The concert will come to a satisfying conclusion with one of the most well-loved pieces in the orchestral repertoire by listeners of all ages, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. This piece will feature a narrator and dancers from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet to tell its whimsical story, which uses distinctive musical themes to highlight instruments of the orchestra in a fascinating way.

Arrive at Palmer Auditorium at 1pm for pre-concert activities in the lobby, including a photobooth, musical petting zoo sponsored by Stewart’s Music in Niantic, and many other activities. This event is general admission, and tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Sponsor: Chelsea Groton Foundation
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Arriaga: Los esclavos felices
Conductor: Toshiyuki Shimada
Philips: Mexican Medley
Conductor: Toshiyuki Shimada
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Conductor: Toshiyuki Shimada
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