Concerts & Tickets - Past

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
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Ballet; 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
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"
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.” The Knights of Columbus have given additional significant sponsorship to make this event possible, as well as the American Group.

Soloists who will join the performance include soprano Carley DeFranco, 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, 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
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 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
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 26 January 2019 - 7:30 PM
Sponsor: Chelsea Groton Bank & Upton Bass
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Overture, Op. 67
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Bruch: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Artists: Stephan Tieszen (Violin); Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Vanhal: Concerto for Double Bass
Artist: Thomas Green (Double Bass)
Kodály: Háry János, Op. 15: Suite
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 15 December 2018 - 7:30 PM
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Wendy Moy
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 7:30 PM
Sponsor: ASA Environmental Products, Inc. & Firefly Farms
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Tower: Purple Rhapsody
Artist: Viola Barbara Wiggin (Viola)
Verdi: Stabat Mater
Ensembles: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 20 October 2018 - 7:30 PM
Sponsor: Friends of the Symphony
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Artist: Svetlana Smolina (Piano)
Rouse: Rapture
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 8:00 PM
The ECSO gathers all of the artistic forces in our community for a joyous celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary with a concert performance of his Broadway work Candide. Bernstein himself was quoted as saying “there’s more of me in that piece than anything else I’ve done.” Technically a comic operetta, Candide depicts Voltaire’s satirical novel of the same name. Opposing philosophies and ideologies are sung and beautifully orchestrated through two acts of entertaining music. Soloists provided from Yale Opera will deliver the humorous libretto with energy and pluck. This fitting season finale will pay brilliant homage to one of Music Director and Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada’s greatest mentors.

Tickets range from $28 - $62, with $12 tickets available for active/retired military members and anyone under 30, sponsored by General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra; Yale Opera
Bernstein: Candide
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 8:00 PM
Two magnificent pieces by Joseph Haydn and Gustav Mahler form a military-themed concert showcasing the orchestra’s talent in different contexts. Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 (Military) is one of his London symphonies, written during and after his exposure to the city. His military symphony derives its subtitle from the 2nd movement which features trumpet fanfares and “Turkish” percussion – triangle, cymbals, and bass drum. Jumping forward in time a century, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is his first fully instrumental symphony and begins with a funeral march. A chorale of hope appears in the 2nd movement, and returns to symbolize glory and triumph in the final movement, leaving the audience spell-bound.
Sponsor: Dominion Energy
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Haydn: Symphony no 100 in G major, H 1 no 100 "Military"
Mahler: Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 8:00 PM
Sponsor: Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Lash: This Ease
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
Artist: Yi Qun Xu (Cello)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. by Maurice Ravel)
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 27 January 2018 - 8:00 PM
Sponsor: Chelsea Groton Bank
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Lalo: Overture to Le roi d'Ys
Mozart: Ruhe sanft (Zaïde)
Artist: Sarah Yanovitch (Soprano)
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9)
Artist: ECSO Principal Winds
Lalo: Norwegian Rhapsody for Orchestra
Mozart: L'amerò sarò costante from Il Re Pastore, K. 208
Artist: Sarah Yanovitch (Soprano)
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola, K.320d
Artists: Anton Miller (Violin); Rita Porfiris (Viola); Miller-Porfiris Duo
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Sunday, 19 November 2017 - 2:00 PM
This event is general admission, and tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children. Arrive at the venue at 1pm for pre-concert activities in the lobby, including a photobooth, musical petting zoo, and many other activities.
Sponsor: General Woodcraft, Inc.
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux (Carnival of the Animals)
Ensembles: Eastern Connecticut Ballet; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Artist: Lindsay Garritson (Piano)
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 8:00 PM
Sponsor: ASA Environmental Products, Inc. & FireFly Farms
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Coolidge: Pioneer Dances
Copland: Our Town
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Artist: Lindsay Garritson (Piano)
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 8:00 PM
Sponsor: Friends of the Symphony
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
Artist: Mark Markham (Piano)
Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 29 April 2017 - 8:00 PM
Sponsor: Olde Mistick Village
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Bartók: Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77/BB 86
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 8:00 PM
Sponsor: L+M Healthcare and Yale New Haven Health System
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Goldsmith: Star Trek V: Main Theme and March of the Klingons
Ligeti: Atmosphères
Williams: Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Massenet: Meditation from "Thais"
Artist: Joan Winters (Violin)
Hovhaness: And God Created Great Whales, Op. 229 no 1
Nielsen: Concerto for Flute, FS 119
Artist: Joanna Wu (Flute)
Rachmaninov: Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
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