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Waterbury Symphony Returns to Newtown
The Edmond Town Hall will experience a thrilling eight seasons in one afternoon on Sunday, November 5th as the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra returns to Newtown to present “Eight Seasons: Vivaldi & Piazzolla.”
The concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” first performed nearly 300 years ago, as well as “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” a series of tangos written by Argentine Astor Piazzolla in the 1960s.
Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland will lead the WSO in the Nov. 5 performance as part of the orchestra’s innovative Music in Great Spaces Concerts at inspiring locations throughout Northwest Connecticut.
Reflecting on the inspired pairing of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the
Buenos Aires influenced version Bjaland shared, “Although one is placed in the North and one in the Southern Hemisphere, they each play on the natural and human changes that occur as the year passes. This performance fits our theme of “Celebrating Joy” as the orchestra celebrates its 85th year. Edmond Town Hall has been a joyous setting for decades, so the setting and performance will make an auspicious fit.”
In this unique performance, each season will be accompanied by a short poem inspired by the
music. Vivaldi accompanied each of his seasons with an evocative poem, celebrating the joys of spring, winter, summer, and fall. Each line of the poems reflects, in an almost cinema graphic way, Vivaldi’s music. Maestro Bjaland has similarly curated four seasonal poems from the vast reservoir of Spanish literature to accompany Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for the November 5th concert.
To accompany Waterbury Symphony’s professional orchestra musicians, U.S. Presidential Scholar recipient Julian Rhee, a violinist of growing renown, will be the featured soloist.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Newtown,” exclaimed Waterbury Symphony’s Executive Director Doug Donato. “We’ve been experiencing a growing and enthusiastic following of the WSO from Newtown audiences, including with our sold-out Winter Solstice performance in 2021. We are delighted to see the immediate response to our November 5th concert.”
Sunday, November 5th, 2023 4:00 p.m.
Edmond Town Hall, Newtown, CT
Theatre Doors Open at 3:30 pm
Free accessible parking on-site
General Admission: $45;
Students with ID: $10 – Call the box office
Purchase online: waterburysymphony.org
Purchase by phone: 203-346-2000*
*Via box office partner, Palace Theater Ticketing Office
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Telephone: 203-574-4283
Leif Bjaland conductor
Vivaldi ‘The Four Seasons’
Piazzolla ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’
Featuring Julian Rhee, Violin
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About Waterbury Symphony Orchestra:
Creating music since 1938, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s core belief is that music, music education, and shared cultural experiences are essential for humanity.
Three primary strands of the WSO include its MasterWorks Classical Concerts including its annual Symphony & Cinema Concert; its prodigious satellite performances including its Music in Great Spaces series of innovative concerts and smaller ensembles; and finally their celebrated educational programs for libraries; schools, and underserved communities.
Led by Leif Bjaland for the past twenty-eight seasons, WSO draws over one hundred talented professional musicians from across New England.
As orchestra in residence of the Fine Arts Center, Naugatuck Valley Community College, the Waterbury Symphony wishes to acknowledge the partnership of NVCC and the enduring legacy of the generosity and vision of Ruth Ann Leever.
About Julian Rhee
Julian Rhee, an avid violin soloist recognized as an emerging artist and performer, has been praised for his “sophisticated, assured tone, superb intonation, and the kind of poise and showmanship that thrills audiences” (The Strad ). Debuting at age 8 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Julian has performed internationally at acclaimed venues from Argentina, Hungary, Vienna, the New World Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center. He was selected as a 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar and received his medal at the White House. Rhee is the recipient of the outstanding 1699 “Lady Tennant ” Antonio Stradivari violin on the extended loan through the generosity of the Mary B. Galvin Foundation and the efforts of the Stradivari Society whose mission is to support the very highest level of string playing by loaning precious antique Italian instruments to artists of exceptional talent and ability.