The theme of our March family concert is “The New World: Music for All Ages.” In addition to Dvorak’s iconic masterpiece New World Symphony, played side-by-side with the Norwalk Youth Symphony, we will present the young winner of our 2018 Concerto Competition, performing with the NSO orchestra. You will also hear Aaron Copland’s beloved Lincoln Portrait, actual excerpts from the President’s speeches read by Tony Award winning actor James Naughton. The program opens with Charles Ives’s haunting The Unanswered Question, in which we see three separate groups of instruments on and off stage play in independent tempos.
A fresh staging of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro! Even if you have seen this most popular Mozart opera, you will not want to miss this intimate, close-up production, stage-directed by Chris Mirto, who brought Carmen and La Bohème so vividly to life in NSO’s seasons past. On the surface, The Marriage of Figaro is a comedy about social class and marital infidelity. But in essence it is much more. With some of the most beautiful music ever crafted, especially in the ensembles, it tells the tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness – with a happy ending.
Love songs from Broadway and beyond!
Looking for something different for Valentine’s Day? Instead of flowers and chocolates, come hear your favorite love songs from the musical stage. Everything from early 20th century ballads to Sondheim, and beyond. We have lined up an exciting cast of soloists and a full orchestra for a night of fun and romance.
Holiday Celebration! Local choir, ballet, dance, visual arts and musical groups will join the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for an afternoon of uplifting music.
Come celebrate the season with our early program holiday concert at the historic Norwalk Concert Hall. This year, we start with a suite of arias and choruses from Bach’s sparkling Christmas Oratorio sung by the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and alto soloist Blythe Gaissert. Then there’s ballet! Young members of the New England Academy of Dance will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane and Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Snowflakes. Concluding the program is a rousing medley of holiday favorites capped with our traditional sing-along Halleluiah Chorus by George Frideric Handel.
Debussy — Sirènes from Nocturnes
Liszt — Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
We present Debussy, Liszt, and Beethoven, each one of whom “flung his spear far into the future.” Claude Debussy’s Sirènes (1899) is a haunting tableau of color scored for orchestra and women’s chorus that points the way to modern 20th century music. Franz Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, performed by young virtuoso Alex Beyer, discards conventional form and shuffles musical themes into new and unexpected sequences. We end the concert with Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the opening bars of which tell us the world has changed and more is to come.