Season Opening Night! Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) kicks off its 80th anniversary on Saturday, September 23, 8pm, at Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland. The Opening Night concert of the 2017-2018 Season, Romantic Virtuosity, showcases some of the most beloved works from the Romantic era in Western classical music, with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Acclaimed violinist Natasha Korsakova brings her special brand of artistry as the soloist in the Tchaikovsky. No stranger to the WSO, Korsakova has been hailed as one of most popular violinists of her generation, with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung describing her ability to play the violin as a "sinfully beautiful listening experience.”
The WSO brings music to your ears, & Fascia's Chocolates will bring music to your mouth! A special treat in-store to all opening night ticket holders! Receive a special gift from our friend Fascia's Chocolates in celebration of the WSO 80th Anniversary celebration! www.fasciaschocolates.com
Concert Details: Saturday, September 23—8pm*
NVCC Fine Arts Center, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
* Pre-Concert Lecture from 7-7:30pm, with WSO Cultural Ambassador, Dr. Vincent DeLuise.
Dvořák: Carnival Overture
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Natasha Korsakova, Violin
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Natasha Korsakova, Violin
NVCC Fine Arts Center
The 80th season of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, introduced by Executive Director Robert Cinnante with host Sheree Marcucci from the Palace Theater - Waterbury, CT. "Your Palace Your Place" radio broadcast on WATR1320-AM, Friday, September 1. It was a great show. Enjoy.
80th Anniversary season of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.
Join the WSO in the journey through an epic odyssey in our 2017-2018 season to experience and explore the hidden gems in our community. In celebration of our four score years, we are branching out in our travels with a series called Music in Great Spaces. From historic homes and magnificent churches to a cutting edge art gallery and an artisanal distillery, we're looking forward to an artful collision of great musicial sounds and intriguing structures in our back yard and beyond. Music is a journey that we can all experience together.
March 12, 2017
3pm NVCC Fine Arts Center
Join in a brilliant performance of Maestro Leif Bjaland & the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in Mozart the Miraculous!
1:45-2:30pm Pre-concert performance: Bravo Waterbury! & Felipe Karam
Tickets $20, $35 and $55
children $5 with purchase of adult ticket
Like tendrils of ivy covering a marble statue, the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life has been obscured by legend. Maestro Leif Bjaland reveals the true Mozart in a multi-media presentation that he created and will conduct which features operatic, choral and instrumental music of Mozart and others. We peel away these legends in hopes to reveal Mozart the man and the artist. The performance culminates in a performance of his towering Jupiter Symphony.
In an article about the Jupiter Symphony, Sir George Grove wrote that
"it is for the finale that Mozart has reserved all the resources of his science, and all the power, which no one seems to have possessed to the same degree with himself, of concealing that science, and making it the vehicle for music as pleasing as it is learned. Nowhere has he achieved more." Of the piece as a whole, he wrote that "It is the greatest orchestral work of the world which preceded the French Revolution."
Call for your tickets today! 203-574-4283
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsor MacDermid Performance Solutions
Heroic Music for Brass & Organ January 29, 4PM
St. Michael's Parish, Litchfield CT
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Brass Section
Joseph Ripka, Organist
Conductor: Leif Bjaland
Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, buy you tickets today!
Made in the USA Opening Concert
The Waterbury Symphony Orchestr's 79th season opens with works by Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein and Barber entitled "Made in the USA." BELLA HRISTOVA, VIOLIN
Each of the four giants we salute in this concert contributed distinctive ingredients to the melting pot that was 20th Century American music. Aaron Copland's Texas-born mother sang cowboy tunes to him as a child, which found their way into his ballet, Rodeo. Elements of Leonard Bernstein's classical training inform the beautiful melodies of his West Side Story dances. Samuel Barber's love of American song inspired his lyric Violin Concerto. And George Gershwin's boyhood bicycle trips to Harlem to hear jazz led to a bigger trip—a European sojourn that ultimately inspired his An American in Paris.
Copland — Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Barber — Violin Concerto, Soloist: Bella Hristova
Bernstein — Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Gershwin — An American in Paris
A Connecticut Christmas Concert date: Dec.4 2016
"A Connecticut Christmas"
Come enjoy a jaw-dropping musical celebration of great holiday music which is a gift your loved ones will always treasure!
With a blink of an eye and the swish of a tail be transported to the holiday season with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.
Broadway starlets, Chelsea Packard and Celisse Henderson will make the hustle and bustle of the world outside disappear and the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season begin!
The evening includes the Chorus Angelicus & Guadeamus, Bravo Waterbury! students, and lets not forget Greater Waterbury’s favorite AM radio host, Tom Chute of 1320WATR to tell the classic story: "Twas the Night Before Christmas"!
Thank you to our sponsors, Ion Bank Foundation and Hubbard-Hall
Why we Love Bravo Waterbury!
Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Gleb Ivanov, pianist
November 13, 2016 - 3 pm
NVCC Fine Arts Center
Pyotr Iiyich Tchaikovsky — Piano Concerto No. 1,
Op. 23, Bb minor, Soloist: Gleb Ivanov
Symphony No. 6, Op. 74, Bminor
Thank you for the support of our sponsors, Macdermid Performance Solutions and New Morning Market.
This video is about Tchaikovsky: Gleb Ivanov
Bravo Waterbury! Performs!
Overview of 2016 year, looking forward to 2017 and our 3 concerts remaining in Creating Community!
Enjoy an evening of 20th Century American Music, with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra on September 17, 8 PM at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Fine Arts Center. Call for tickets at 203-574-4283 or go online to waterburysymphony.org.
In case you missed the sold-out March concert, you'll have a chance to hear the same great music on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8 pm at the Litchfield Intermediate School in Litchfield! Don't miss out!
On February 11, 2012, the romantic tale of Romeo and Juliet comes to life in words in music! Treat your sweetheart to an evening at the Symphony this Valentine's weekend when the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Shakesperience Productions weave words and music together for an unforgettable 70 minute concert expereience!
Leif Bjaland, Music Director and Conductor for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra describes the upcoming season: Metamorphosis 2011-12. He shares his insights and details about the opening concert: Heroic Beethoven (October 1) and the second concert: Eight Seasons (Nov. 11, 12, & 13).
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra presents: A Celebration of Earth, Sea and Sky with: FANTASTIC PLANET!
A Symphonic Video Spectacular
April 2, 2011 - 8 pm, NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury