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Press Release – Conduct Us Concert

On Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, members of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will be located at Hygienic Arts waiting to perform, all they need is a conductor. The general public will have a chance to conduct In the Hall of the Mountain King, Blue Danube Waltz, Toreador Song from Carmen, Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld, and William Tell Overture (The Lone Ranger Theme.)


Press Release – Chorus Director Job Announcement

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (ECSO) and Chorus announces a vacancy for the contractual position of Music Director/Conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus (ECSC). The start date for this position will be Fall 2022.


Press Release – Summer Concert Gala at Stonington Vineyards – 6.25.22

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will be holding a summer concert fundraiser at the Stonington Vineyards on Saturday, June 25th (rain date: June 26.)
Doors open at 6pm, with the concert scheduled to start at 7pm. The concert will feature ECSO musicians, led by Music Director & Conductor, Toshiyuki Shimada. The orchestra will perform works by Leonard Bernstein, Johann Strauss, Jr., John Philip Sousa, and more.


Press Release – Joyful Dances, Season Finale – 5.7.22

Celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven, the evening begins with his Triple Concerto of 1803, featuring internationally acclaimed violinist, Elissa Lee Koljonen; Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, cellist Sophie Shao; and Steinway Artist pianist Eva Virsik.


Prelude Issue #4

The official newsletter of the ECSO:
A Message from Toshiyuki Shimada
Instrumental Competition and Digital Content
Musicians of the Orchestra: Ariana Straznicky-Packer
Build a Music-Loving Community
22-23 Season Preview
A Message from Caleb


Press Release – Free ECSO concert at Cathedral of St. Patrick – 4.10.22

On Sunday, April 10 (Palm Sunday) at 7:30pm, the ECSO will perform a free concert at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, CT. For more information and to reserve a free ticket, visit This concert is generously sponsored by the Edward and Mary Lord Foundation.


Press Release – 75th Anniversary Gala concert – 4.9.22

On Saturday, April 9, the ECSO will celebrate its 75th anniversary season with a festive and multifaceted Gala, hosted by the Friends of the ECSO. Plan to join us at the Mystic Marriott for a musical shower of diamonds! Tickets are $100 per person and will include hors d’oeuvres, libations, and concert attendance. For more information and to register, visit


Press Release – Spring Strings – 3.19.22

ECSO’s 75th anniversary season continues with Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 75, completed in 1781. The composer of an astounding 107 symphonies, “Papa” Haydn is considered the father of the four-movement form, expanded by his sometime pupil Ludwig van Beethoven, whose nine symphonies are the heart of the repertoire. Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo’s 1939 work for classical guitar and orchestra, Concierto de Aranjuez, was inspired by the centuries-old gardens at a royal palace south of Madrid.


Press Release – Executive Coordinator – Cara Cheung – 2.3.22

The ECSO is pleased to announce the appointment of Cara Cheung 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 coordination.


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