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Press Release – Palm Sunday

On Sunday, March 24 (Palm Sunday) at 7:30pm, the ECSO and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus will perform a free concert at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, CT conducted by ECSO Music Director and Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada.


Press Release – Sounds of Scotland

Scotland’s rugged, island-bound geography and the romantic history of its tartan-wearing clans have captivated audiences for centuries, right up to today’s streamers of Outlander


Press Release – ECSO Annual Instrumental Competition 2024

The 63rd Annual ECSO Instrumental Competition finals will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, in Evans Hall on the Connecticut College campus in New London. We are so excited to hear another year of amazing musicians and strongly encourage all to apply!


Press Release – Mozart, Marx, Beethoven

In between the Mozart and the Beethoven on the program, the ECSO will be joined by harpists Colleen Potter Thorburn (former ECSO principal harp), a Virginia Commonweath University faculty member, and Jaclyn Wappel to present the Double Harp Concerto of Bill Marx. Marx is the adopted son of Harpo Marx and Susan Fleming, and became his father’s music arranger and conductor at age 16. Though Harpo, the non-speaking Marx Brother, did not read music, he eventually learned proper harp technique from celebrated harpist Mildred Dilling.


Press Release – ECSO announces new orchestra members

Following recent auditions on October 28 and October 29, the ECSO announces that Phil Snedecor has won the position of Principal Trumpet and Lucas Zeiter won the Bassoon II position.


Press Release – Dvořák & Bartók

The guest artist at the ECSO’s November 18 concert will be Hyung Joon Won, a South Korean-born, Juilliard School-trained violinist, who will perform Antonín Dvořák’s impassioned Violin Concerto in A Minor, composed in 1879. In 2009, Won, who hopes to form an inter-Korean orchestra with North Korean members, founded the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra, an annual music festival in South Korea promoting the message of peace and harmony through music. In 2018, ECSO Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada joined Won in the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea for a Peace Concert, which featured members of the Yale Symphony and young musicians from South Korea, China, Japan, and Tunisia.


Press Release – Season Opener Gershwin & Dixieland

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s 77th season, comprising six Saturday-evening concerts at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street in downtown New London, will begin on Oct. 21, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. Led by Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada, the orchestra will play works by Amy Beach, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Gershwin, and Tom Myron, shifting into Dixieland mode for a joint performance with the Tom Brown 6.


Press Release – Concert to Honor Veterans

Free Concert at ECSU Will Feature Armed Forces Medley, Dixieland, Rhapsody in Blue


Press Release – New ECSO Executive Coordinator Announced

The ECSO is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Bocciarelli to the full-time position
of Executive Coordinator. Reporting to the Executive Director, this role is a crucial part of the
ECSO team through patron relations, marketing and design, office management, and event

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