Concerts & Tickets - Upcoming

Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 29 February 2020 - 7:30 PM
Leap into your seat for this Leap Day concert featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, and pieces and performers from Turkey. Throughout his career, Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada has visited Turkey to conduct many of the country’s leading orchestras. These collaborations have connected Toshi with some of the country’s phenomenally gifted artists. The evening opens with the orchestra performing Esintiler (Inspirations) a work by one of Turkey’s most beloved composers Ferit Tüzün. Soloists for the evening are Çagatay Akyol, harpist, and Bülent Evcil, flutist. The duo performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto for Harp and Flute. This is Mozart’s only concerto for harp, and the pairing of flute and harp was seen as an unusual combination at the time. Following intermission, Toshi and the orchestra perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, one of the composer’s most popular works. Music from this symphony has been used in many television shows and movies such as Mr. Holland’s Opus, The King’s Speech, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Cosmos. In Beethoven’s time, the 2nd movement was so well liked by the audience that it was encored at the work’s debut in 1813.
Sponsor: Chelsea Groton Bank
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Tüzün: Esintiler
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Artists: Bülent Evcil (Flute); Cagatay Akyol (Harp)
Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 28 March 2020 - 7:30 PM
The 19-20 season continues with an exciting program that features a Grammy Award winner and timeless compositions. Edward Elgar’s concert overture In the South opens the program with a boisterous theme re-purposed from another work, that joyfully expresses his experiences with his family in Italy. The soloist for the evening is Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. Vieaux performs Joaquín Rodrigo’s well known Concierto de Aranjuez. Rodrigo was blinded at a very young age, but this challenge did not hinder him from composing his gold standard guitar concerto, inspired by the sounds and fragrances of the Royal Gardens of Aranjuez, Spain. Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 finishes out the evening. Written not long after his first symphony, at the inspiring backdrop of a vacation in Pörtschach, Austria, Brahms let the environment influence his cheery symphony which will sweep the audience away with its jubilance.
Sponsor: Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Yale New Haven Health
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio"
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra
Artist: Jason Vieaux (Guitar)
Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 25 April 2020 - 7:30 PM
For the closing concert of our 19-20 season, you don’t have to travel to London to experience the splendor and spectacle that is the BBC Proms. The evening’s festivities kick-off with a piece befitting the conclusion of Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada’s 10th season with the ECSO – George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Russian pianist, Vyacheslav Gryaznov, makes his ECSO debut performing the challenging and technical Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Once considered unplayable, the concerto brings rapturous piano passages and sublime orchestrations to the Garde stage. To close out the season and evening, we saved the best for last! The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Chorus join forces with the Mystic River Chorale and baritone Gregory Flower to present British composer Sir William Walton’s epic cantata Belshazzar’s Feast. This piece, commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation, was originally conceived for a small ensemble, but grew in length and scope. Multiple brass bands, double choruses, soloist, and orchestra all unite to present the story of King Belshazzar.
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Artist: Vyacheslav Gryaznov (Piano)
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
Artists: Gregory Flower (Bass Baritone); Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Ensembles: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Mystic River Chorale
1 - 3 of 3

Support the ECSO

Single Tickets On Sale!

Single tickets for the 2019-2020 season are now on sale! Satisfy  your musical curiosity, celebrate  this special occasion - a decade in the making, and honor Toshi's 10th season with the ECSO by hearing our orchestra with so many amazing artists.


Contact Us:

Eastern Connecticut 
Symphony Orchestra
289 State Street
New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-2876

Newsletter Sign-up

Become a Fan

Become a fan of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra to hear about new music, videos, event info & special offers.

Additional Support

The ECSO operates with additional support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.