Concerts & Tickets - Past

Your Home
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 6 June 2020 - 9:00 PM
In lieu of our formal gathering, the Friends of the ECSO would like to invite you to a virtual gala.
Although we can’t gather in person, we want to offer you great auction items donated by our very generous supporters.

Visit ecso.givesmart.com to register for our auction, where you can preview items soon. On May 29, we will open our silent auction for your chance to bid on these one-of-a-kind items and amazing experiences. Mark your calendars as the auction ends on Saturday, June 6 at 9 pm.

The virtual Gala is sponsored by: Chelsea Groton Bank, Dominion Energy, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Market Realty, LLC., Quanta Services, and Stifel Investment Services
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Program TBA
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Your Home
New London, Connecticut
Friday, 29 May 2020 - 12:00 AM
In lieu of our formal gathering, the Friends of the ECSO would like to invite you to a virtual gala.
Although we can’t gather in person, we want to offer you great auction items donated by our very generous supporters.

Visit ecso.givesmart.com to register for our auction, where you can preview items soon. On May 29, we will open our silent auction for your chance to bid on these one-of-a-kind items and amazing experiences. Mark your calendars as the auction ends on Saturday, June 6 at 9 pm.

The virtual Gala is sponsored by: Chelsea Groton Bank, Dominion Energy, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Market Realty, LLC., Quanta Services, and Stifel Investment Services
Program TBA
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 25 April 2020 - 7:30 PM
This is event has been canceled as of 4/16/20.

As a result of the current health crisis, the ECSO must regrettably cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season, including our rescheduled Spring Strings concert that was to take place on May 23rd (originally March 25th) and our April 25th season finale – Feast & Fireworks.We know these are difficult times for many and the current situation also poses financial challenges for the ECSO. Ticketholders who are in a position to help may do so in several ways, including:

1.) Donate the value of your unused ticket(s) back to the ECSO as a generous tax-deductible contribution. We will send you an acknowledgment letter for your taxes that declare the value of your gift.
2.) Turn in your unused ticket(s) and ask that they be used to provide tickets next season (2020-21) for front line medical workers, first responders, and essential workers.
3.) Exchange your ticket(s) for vouchers that can be used next season to bring along friends,family, or other acquaintances to our concerts.
4.) Request a refund for your unused ticket(s).

Please call our office at 860-443-2876 to make any arrangements or email your inquiry or request to info@ectsymphony.com.

Thanks for your patience and support during this difficult time. We hope to see you in person soon when it's safe to listen to beautiful orchestral music. Stay healthy.
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
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 28 March 2020 - 7:30 PM
TENTATIVELY POSTPONED TO 5/23. 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, 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, 1 February 2020 - 7:30 PM
The 2020 portion of our 19-20 season kicks off with a non-traditional pairing: the New London Big Band on the stage for the first time with the ECSO. Continuing the celebration of Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada’s 10th anniversary, this concert presents a slate of national and local treasures. In recognition of Black History Month, the ECSO performs Concert Overture No. 2 by composer Florence Price. Price was the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major symphony orchestra. Principal Clarinetist, Kelli O’Connor, returns to the front of the stage to perform Artie Shaw’s spirited Clarinet Concerto. A medley of big band hits closes out the first half with classics such as In the Mood, Begin the Beguine, Moonlight Serenade, and more, all arranged by Lee Norris. The New London Big Band, led by Sean Nelson, is featured prominently on the 2nd half as they join forces with the ECSO for originals and works by big band composers. Music of the legendary jazz composer and orchestra leader, Duke Ellington, will thrill the audience along with works by George Gershwin, Tommy Dorsey, and more.
Sponsor: Dominion Energy
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Price: Concert Overture No. 2
Norris: Here Come the Bands
Shaw: Concerto for Clarinet
Artist: Kelli O'Connor (Clarinet)
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Toshiyuki Shimada
Gershwin: Overture to Girl Crazy
Ellington: TBD
Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
Artist: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Ensemble: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Wendy Moy
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 7:30 PM
The ECSO continues its 73rd season with an array of pieces that showcase the wide scope of the orchestral repertoire. Opening the concert in bombastic fashion is an arrangement of the iconic rock band Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a prog-rock operetta and one of their most popular songs. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus joins to open the concert with this piece. Composer Charles Frink, an original member of the ECSO, and good friend of founding Music Director, Victor Norman, grew to become a well-known New London composer and educator. His piece entitled John Henry, after the American folk figure, features the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and Chorus. Originally premiered by Victor Norman and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus (ECSC), the ECSO and ECSC revisits this piece under the baton of its current Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. Composer Richard Strauss’s tone poem Death and Transfiguration, based on the poem by Alexander Ritter, depicts the process of death, and coming to terms with life’s accomplishments. The work’s final theme is an uplifting and jubilant celebration of transition. The concert closes with Johannes Brahms’ lush and exciting Violin Concerto performed by 2019 ECSO Instrumental Competition winner, Hannah Cho. Brahms wrote this piece in consultation with his friend, violinist Joseph Joachim. It is regarded as one of the most epic works of the violin repertoire for both performers and listeners.
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody
Arranger: Fedor Vrtacnik
Frink: John Henry
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 "Death and Transfiguration"
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
Artist: Hannah Cho (Violin)
Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 7:30 PM
The ECSO opens its 73rd season with a show-stopper program sure to excite the audience. Grammy Award-winning composer, Kenneth Fuchs’ (University of Connecticut faculty) exciting overture, Discover the Wild, opens the concert evoking images of America’s wild west. The evening’s soloist, international touring violinist and University of Connecticut faculty member Solomiya Ivakhiv, makes her ECSO debut performing what is arguably the most popular violin concerto of all time, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Following intermission, the orchestra returns in full force to celebrate Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada’s 10th anniversary by performing the symphony that he programmed on his audition concert 10 years ago – Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World). Dvorák wrote his iconic symphony in America drawing from spiritual and Americana themes to create one of the most satisfying melodic journeys in the orchestral canon.
Presenter: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Fuchs: Discover the Wild
Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
Artist: Solomiya Ivakhiv (Violin)
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
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
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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Britten: Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a
Vaughan Williams: Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony"
Mahler: Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Verdi: I lombardi
Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Nielsen: Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
Elgar: Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85
Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
Snider: Disquiet
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
Smetana: The Moldau
Prokofiev: Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Liszt: Les préludes, S 97
Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Strauss: Four Last Songs
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Berlioz: Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9
Wagner: Die Meistersinger, prelude
Elgar: Coronation Ode, Op. 44
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Novacek: Intoxication
Mussorgsky: The Great Gate of Kiev
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Coolidge: Pioneer Dances
Copland: Suite from Our Town
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Kern: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Overture, Op. 67
Dvorak: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 6
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Gershwin: Overture to Girl Crazy
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 "Death and Transfiguration"
Mozart: Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation"
Price: Concert Overture No. 2

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