Norwalk Symphony's Holiday Concert “BACH TO POPS” offers Choral Music, Dance, and Season Favorites

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and friends have planned a joyous holiday extravaganza this year. Timed perfectly for a family event – 5 p.m. on Saturday December 16th.

The concert opens with the sound of timpani and trumpets announcing a suite from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The featured chorus is the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut with guest alto soloist Blythe Gaissert. The next part of the program is ballet, with young members of the New England Academy of Dance performing Fauré’s Pavane and Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Snowflakes. The concert concludes with a round of holiday favorites, including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Lucas Richman’s Hanukkah Medley - and in keeping with an NSO tradition – everyone joining in with the Halleluiah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

The evening marks Music Director Jonathan Yates' sixth season of presenting innovative Holiday programs to the Norwalk area. For three years running, he led the orchestra - and the audience - in a sing along rendition of Handel’s Messiah. Last year for the first time he included dance to the program with a suite from The Nutcracker.

For the Christmas Oratorio, NSO welcomes back The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell. Audiences will remember their precision singing in the NSO’s 2013 production of Carmen. Blythe Gaissert, the soloist for the Bach suite, has been described by critics as follows: “her voice is strong, supple, almost buttery;” also as “having the voice and the personality to match.”

The concert takes place at the historic Norwalk Concert Hall at 125 East Avenue, where the NSO has performed for over three quarters of a century. Individual tickets, which range from $10 for students to $50 for the best seats can be purchased online or by calling the office at 203 956-6771.

(Not) Just for Kids Music Program: "Celebrate with Horns - Brass!"

The Norwalk Symphony presents the second program in its (Not) Just For Kids series on December 8 and 9.  From toots to trumpeting, our Celebrate with Horns - Brass! program is fun for kids and for grown-ups alike. Musicians from the Norwalk Symphony show how animal horns evolved into the brass instruments that now form part of the modern orchestra. Because of their varied sizes and valves, different brasses instruments can produce vastly different sounds and rhythms. Our engaging one-hour show and play program will finish with a brass "petting zoo”. Here, youngsters get to make their own sounds on brass instruments.

The music presented on this program will include excerpts from our Joys of the Season - Bach to Pops main series concert, which is on December 16th at 5 p.m. at Norwalk Concert Hall.

The Norwalk Symphony presents four sessions of Celebrate with Horns - Brass!   The first will be at City Hall Norwalk City Hall on Friday, December 8th at 4:30 p.m. (limited seating call 202 956-6771 to reserve). The next three will be at local libraries on Saturday, December 9th: Norwalk Public Library at 11 a.m,; New Canaan Public Library at 1 p.m.; and, Wilton Library at 3 p.m.

Funding for this program is provided by the New Canaan Community Foundation, Ruth Kraus Foundation and donors of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

(Not) Just For Kids: Free Music Program "One Big Family – Orchestra!" this weekend

The Norwalk Symphony's (Not) Just For Kids series opens its 2017-18 season on Saturday October 28 with One Big Family - Orchestra!  This fun, free program shows how the four instrument families perform together and how each is a unique facet of an orchestra! (Not) Just For Kids demonstrates the range of sounds and how musicians produce notes and tones, that together create a symphony. Music played will include themes from NSO’s upcoming Musical Revolutionaries concert on November 4. The hour-long program ends with youngsters given the chance to try out instruments and make their own music. NSO Executive Director Louis Pietig is enthusiastic, “This is a great way to introduce music from the Norwalk Symphony into the surrounding communities, and reach a new and appreciative audience.”

One Big Family includes Norwalk Symphony Orchestra musicians sharing how, like in human families, the instruments in a particular family are related. They are often made of the same types of materials, look similar, and produce sound in comparable ways. Some are larger and some are smaller, just as parents and children are different sizes with higher and lower voices. Each of the four families (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) have members with specific traits.

NSO is excited that (Not) Just For Kids will begin a special Afterschool Program at Norwalk City Hall on Friday October 27 at 4pm for students from the Carver Center and Norwalk Housing Authority. If you would like to attend on Friday please call 203 956-6771 as space is limited.

Norwalk Symphony’s (Not) Just For Kids program One Big Family will be Saturday October 28 for the public at three locations: Norwalk Public Library, at 11am; New Canaan Public Library at 1pm, and Wilton Library at 3pm. Funding for this program is provided by the New Canaan Community Foundation, the Ruth Krauss Foundation, and donors of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

For Immediate Release - Norwalk Symphony Board Welcomes Four New Members

For the past 78 years, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and its Board of Directors have been an integral part of the local community. For the 2017-2018 Season, the Board is pleased to welcome four new members to its ranks. “We now have 21 members, all of whom play an active role” said Chris Bell, Board President. “We are thrilled to have these four new members join us, and we look to expand our ranks even further in the coming years.”

Chris McCormack is no stranger to the Norwalk Symphony, having played in the viola section since 1981. He is also President of the Housatonic Community College Foundation. His regular “day job” is in environmental law and litigation with Pullman and Comley. Chris holds a BA in Music from Yale, an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music, and a JD degree from Fordham School of Law.

Georgia von Schmidt is actually a returning member of the Board, having previously served from 2005 to 2008. Georgia grew up in Norwalk and played with the Norwalk Youth Symphony before attending Wayne State University. Her JD degree is from New York Law School and her Darien-based practice specializes in wills and estates, as well as in family, small business, and real estate law. Georgia served on the Darien Zoning Board of Appeals for 20 years.

Eva Toft is also a returning NSO Board member, having chaired the Special Events Committee in years past. She is a licensed real estate broker, an interior design consultant and an Adjunct Lecturer in the home design business at Fairfield University. Eva majored in International Business and French at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and has studied at the New York School of Interior Design, Fairfield University, and at Norwalk Community College.

Robert Bourguignon moved to Norwalk from New York in 2008 with his husband, Brandon. They immediately began attending Norwalk Symphony concerts and having long supported the New York Philharmonic, were delighted to find a symphony orchestra here in town. Robert practices law in New York with Troutman Sanders LLP., and Brandon volunteers with the Family Re-Entry/Champions Mentoring Program in Bridgeport. Robert’s love of classical music began when he was ten and acquired the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's "Hooked on Classics."

Welcome to all!

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