Dear Friends, 

Welcome to the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 concert season. This will be our 75th year of continuous music-making! We are delighted that you will be with us and hope you will invite your friends and family to join us as we celebrate this milestone!

Our 75th season reflects the excitement and growth we have been generating over the last couple of years.  Our first concert, on October 25th, features world-famous violinist Midori as Robert Schumann’s rarely-performed Violin Concerto is presented for your enjoyment.

On Saturday December 6, at the family-friendly time of 5:00PM, we will again be celebrating the holidays with a Sing-Along Messiah, including Audrey Babcock and Brian Cheney who joined us for the Carmen performance in May. This will be a Holiday celebration, filled with traditional Seasonal songs. That we can all sing along to. This is one of my favorite concerts as I love the season.

Sunday, March 8 will be our Family Concert, including a Side-by-Side with the Norwalk Youth Symphony.  This year we will explore space with Gustav Holst’s Jupiter from “The Planets.” Also on the program by my request, Maestro Yates has graciously scheduled, John Williams’ Imperial March from the “Star Wars” movie and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, named “Jupiter.”   Also featured will be the winner of the third annual concerto competition as part of our Young Artists Festival held in early February 2015.   If you have a young instrumentalist who might be interested, please refer to the information located in this program book.

Our 75thAnniversary season comes to a close with the premier of Michel Galante’s “In the Interest of Time,” Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” with cello soloist Allison Eldredge, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

In addition to our performances in the fabulous Norwalk Concert Hall, the NSO is continuing its mission to be meaningfully integrated in the lives of the communities we serve.  Thanks to the New Canaan Community Foundation and the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust Foundation, we will again be bringing chamber groups to the area libraries in our (Not) Just for Kids programs, as well as programs to the New Canaan and Norwalk schools, assisted living places and senior centers.   Also, look for announcements about our Chamber series which we will continue with, after 2 seasons of great response by you.

There are many exciting things happening at the Norwalk Symphony, and I invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about them all and come and join the fun! Many of you come up to me in the community and give me some feedback about what you have seen, or what you would like to see. I really like when you do that. If you see me stop me and let me know how you think we are doing. Remember we are YOUR Symphony. So let me know what you like and what you don’t. You can always email me.

 See you at the Symphony.

 Yours in music,

Emil Albanese
NSO President