Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2015 - 2016: Moving Music Forward

2015-16 - Our 78th Season!
Here's what's in store!

Bono (of Rock Band U2 fame) is the inspiration for this season - specifically, this quote: Music can change the world because it can change people." I agree.

Whether it's the elemental power of Stravinsky's Firebird, the grandeur of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition or the joyful enthusiasm of our Bravo Waterbury! students on violins, trumpets and drums, music can be a powerful force for change. It can help us see the world differently. It can help to make our community a richer, more joyful place in which to live. Bono got it right - through music we can make the world a better place, two ears at a time!

~ Leif Bjaland, Music Director and Conductor

Fire & Water

Sept. 19, 2015 | 8 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury

Two elements and four centuries combine to create this explosive concert, featuring Chris Brubeck's jazz-inflected concerto for violin, Spontaneous Combustion.

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A Little Night Music

Nov. 1, 2015 | 3 PM
NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury

Day melts into night and music is in the air, as Tenor Nicholas Phan sings of lengthening shadows and still summer evenings...
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An Intimate Messiah

Dec. 5, 2015 | 8 PM

St. Michael's Parish,


Dec. 6, 2015 | 3 PM

First Congregational Church,





An exquisite ensemble of four singers and nine instrumentalists bring a fresh perspective to this timeless masterpiece.



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A Connecticut Christmas

Dec. 13, 2015 | 3 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury

Carols, choirs, Nutcracker, Feliz Navidad, and a Salute to Santa are just a few ingredients in this delicious Holiday concoction.


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To the New World

Mar. 13, 2016 | 3 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center,




What makes music sound American? Dvorak's two-year adventure in America gave him an answer, which he used to create his New World Symphony. Read more...


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Picture This

Apr. 23, 2016 | 8 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center,



We feature our community's family album, and culminate our Picture Waterbury Project with images of vintage photos and news clippings in a multi-media presentation of Pictures at an Exhibition. Read more...


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