The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra opens its 79th season on Saturday, September 29th, at the Norwalk Concert Hall with “3 Stitches in Time,” a lively program consisting of Sibelius’ Symphony No.5, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Arvo Pärt’s iconic short piece Fratres. “Each of the masterpieces in this program looked back in time, but were, and are, in essence new,” commented conductor Jonathan Yates, who returns for his seventh season with the Symphony.
Francisco Fullana will be the violin soloist in the Beethoven and the Pärt. “We are thrilled to bring such an amazing young talent to Norwalk area audiences,” Yates continued. Francisco Fullana is one of a handful of young musicians to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant for this year. A graduate of Madrid’s Royal Conservatory and New York’s Julliard School, he has already has performed major violin concertos with premiere orchestras (Mendelssohn with Bayerische Philharmonie under Colin Davis and Brahms with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel). His debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2016 received praise for its “playfulness and joy” and was described by New York Classical Review as “perfection.” Later this Autumn, Fullana returns to his native Mallorca, Spain, for a series of baroque concerts in historic locales. His remarkable versatility is revealed in his recently released CD “Through the Lens of Time” with the City of Birmingham Orchestra under Carlo Izcaray.
This September concert will be the start of an expanded six-concert season for the Norwalk Symphony. On November 10th, they will perform at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan in a program that memorializes the 100th anniversary of end of World War I. In December, the Symphony will be the live accompaniment for the New England Academy of Dance’s presentation of the Nutcracker and then returns to the Norwalk Concert Hall for their traditional Holiday concert, which will include excerpts from Bach’s Magnificat. In February, West Side Story comes to life with a cast of soloists on the Norwalk Stage. In March, the orchestra joins forces with the Norwalk Youth Symphony for their annual Music for All Ages concert. Finally, on May 18th, the Season Finale will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the same piece that opened their first season eighty years prior.
To quote Norwalk Mayor, Harry Rilling: “The Symphony’s long-standing commitment to providing music and educational opportunities has made them an integral part of the Norwalk community. We are so thankful for the beautiful music, magnificent performances, and enlightening discussions the Symphony brings the City of Norwalk and southwestern Connecticut every year.”
Norwalk Concert Hall is at 125 East Avenue. Individual tickets, which range from $10 for students to $50 for the best seats, can be purchased on this website or by calling the NSO office at 203 956-6771.