We open our 80th season with a journey that takes us from Soviet sailors in China with Glière’s Russian Sailors’ Dance from the Red Poppy ballet, to Central Europe with Bartok’s Hungarian Pictures, then on to 1870s Vienna with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and finally to 1920s “Bohemian” Paris with Ravel’s Tzigane.
A fabulous concert you will be sure to love. Two beautiful song cycles, one by Charles Ives and the other by Maurice Ravel. Then Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll – with a ballet interpretation by dancers from the New England Academy of Dance. The program concludes with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, first performed by the composer in 1924. Pianist Andrew Armstrong will be our soloist for this performance.
An early evening Holiday concert for the entire family. The program starts with the familiar strains of Handel’s Messiah (Christmas Portion plus the Hallelujah Chorus) featuring the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut. Then there’s ballet with selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker performed by members of the New England Academy of Dance. And we close with our traditional vocal and orchestral seasonal favorites.
For the third season in a row, the Norwalk Symphony brings the magic of Broadway to the Norwalk stage. In 2018, it was a love-song melody that stretched from Jerome Kern to Stephen Sondheim. In 2019, it was Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The program for 2020 is still being developed, but if the past is any indication, it’s sure to be a hit (and timed just right for Valentine’s Day).
We start the program with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, with members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony’s Principal Orchestra joining us in the musical bucket brigade. Next comes the young winner of our 2020 Concerto Competition playing a piece of his or her choosing. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 completes the program