Haydn Mahler April 27, 2019
The final concert in Waterbury Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season, Haydn | Mahler. Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland leads the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in the performance of Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major and Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor, Saturday, April 27, 7:30pm, at Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center. Two extraordinary orchestral works by two Austrian masters. Audience members are invited to pre-concert insights from 6:30 to 7pm, presented by WSO Cultural Ambassador, Dr. Vincent DeLuise.
Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 in C major is an elegant, lyrical and joyful piece, and demands high virtuosity of its soloist. The piece will be performed cellist Yun Han, winner of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Young Artist Concerto Competition. In addition to her performance on April 27, Han will receive a $1,000 award, made possible through the generosity of the Thomas C. Clark Young Artist Competition Prize Fund. A native of Taiwan, Han is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Yale School of Music, where she studies with Paul Watkins.
In contrast to the playful exuberance of Haydn, the Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler navigates an impassioned depth of work, which was composed during the summer months of 1901 and 1902, at Mahler’s beloved cottage in Austria. Among its most distinctive features is the distant call of a trumpet solo that opens the work, and then swells to a crashing military march.
Tickets available online at waterburysymphony.org, or by calling 203-574-4283.
Saturday, April 27—7:30pm*
Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Yun Han, Cello (Winner of Young Artist Concerto Competition)
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C# Minor
*Pre-Concert Insights, 6:30pm—Dr. Vincent DeLuise, WSO Cultural Ambassador
Tickets & Subscriptions
Single tickets to each performance start at $20, with special discounts available for students. Subscribers enjoy exclusive benefits all season long, with flexible packages beginning at just $54. To learn more, visit www.waterburysymphony.org, or call 203-574-4283.
About Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
Founded in May 1938 under the direction of Maestro Mario DiCecco, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has spent the past several decades promoting the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of symphonic and orchestral music. Originally incorporated as the Waterbury Civic Orchestra (1940), the Symphony and its mission have grown in both vision and artistic merit, expanding from a community orchestra to the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (1956). The WSO has been led by Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland since 1994.
The WSO builds connections across our region with exploratory concerts, events, and educational programs. The WSO maintains a firm commitment to produce programs that are of value to its patrons, participants and community partners. This commitment is rooted in the Symphony’s core belief that the study of musical instruments and participation in musical performance is essential to creating community.
The WSO has been Orchestra-in-Residence at Naugatuck Valley Community College since 1992.
Waterbury Hospital | Waterbury Health
The American Sound, March 3, 3PM at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Fine Arts Center, Waterbury
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will present Heroic Music for Brass & Organ concert, in two performances at two local venues. Concerts will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown; and at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at St. John’s Episcopal, on the Green in Waterbury.
Tickets and information waterburysymphony.org or call 203-574-4283
Celebrate 2019 with Heroic Music for Brass & Organ on Sunday, January 20, 4pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Newtown, Connecticut and again at St. John’s Episcopal in Waterbury, Connecticut, Sunday, January 27 at 4pm. Unique in the program, the professional ensemble will showcase a New England premiere of work created by Douglas Hedwig. The concert to explore the power and majesty achieved by the combination of some of the finest brass and percussion instrumentalists of our area. Maestro Leif Bjaland leads members of the WSO in ensemble and solo works for brass and organ, with guest organist Matthew Daley. A continuation of the Music in Great Spaces series, featuring works by Clarke, Gigout, Handel, Purcell, and others. Order your tickets today!
Single tickets $25| $35 at the door for each event. For more information, or to purchase, visit www.waterburysymphony.org, or call 203-574-4283.
Thank you to the following sponsors, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Ion Bank, Union Savings Bank, Waterbury Arts & Tourism Commission, and Dr. Paul & Karen Kelly.
Handel's Messiah this weekend, Dec. 1 at Saint Anthony of Padua Litchfield and on Sunday, December 2, at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Call 203-574-4283 or go online to waterburysymphony.org
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
Leif Bjaland, Music Director & Conductor
Richard Coffey, Music Director
Vocal Soloists from the Yale Opera Program
Laura Nielsen, soprano
Rachel Weishoff, mezzo soprano
Luis Aguilar, tenor
Brady Muth, bass-baritone
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM
St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield
49 South St, Litchfield, CT 06759
December 2, 2018 - 3pm*
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Fine Arts Center
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury
Pre-Concert Insights 2-2:30pm: Dr. Vincent DeLuise
Celebrate the season with Handel’s omnipotent masterpiece, the Messiah. We are excited to be working with the Hartford Chorale and Yale Opera Program, for two performances: Saturday, December 1, 7:30pm (St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield) and Sunday, December 2, 3pm (NVCC Fine Arts Center). To purchase tickets call 203-574-4283, or by visiting us online at waterburysymphony.org.
Both of these concerts are great opportunities to bring friends and family to the WSO!
Tickets: $20, $35 $55 | Child $5 | College Student $10
Warning! Something very spooky is heading your way! Scary Tales! Sunday, Oct. 28, 3pm NVCCTheatre. Don't miss the most beautiful scary music you have ever heard! waterburysymphony.org or call today 203-574-4283. The most wonderful way to celebrate Halloween!
Thank you to our sponsor: MacDermid Performance Solutions and Sweet Marias Bakery Waterbury CT
The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra celebrates Halloween with the second concert in its Subscription Series this season, Scary Tales, Sunday, October 28 at 3pm, at Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center. Enjoy The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Dukas), selections from Psycho (Hermann), and music of John Williams, as well as many other classical favorites, such as Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky), Witches Sabbath (Berlioz), and Dance Macabre (Saint-Saëns).
A Connecticut Christmas. 2017
A Wonderful example of Creating Musical Readers by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra during the 2017-18 Season
Doug Perry, (percussionist) performed a solo recital in the Litchfield Distillery. The diverse program included works by JS Bach and paired perfectly to the ambiance of the distillery
A Connecticut Christmas, 2017
Picnic & Pops, Hits of Eight Decades - An amazing afternoon with a wonderful crowd! July 9, 2017
Picnic & Pops Hits of Eight Decades 2017-Video Jul 09-Kick off to the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra 80th Anniversary Celebration
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