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Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Music & Medicine Series Returns!

Eugenia Zukerman: Like Falling Through A Cloud


The Waterbury Symphony's Music & Medicine Series returns with a conversation featuring author and flutist Eugenia Zukerman. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “an international triple threat...a published novelist, a television commentator and, most impressively, one of the finest flutists of our time,” Zukerman's conversation with WSO Executive Director Robert Cinnante will focus on how music and art have played a role in managing her Alzheimer's diagnosis. This event will be presented virtually on Saturday, January 30, 2021. This event is free, but a suggested donation of $25 is requested. 

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra announces departure of Executive Director Robert Cinnante

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra announces the departure of Executive Director Robert Cinnante. Cinnante will be stepping down to begin a position as President of the South Shore Conservatory in Massachusetts. He has been with the Waterbury Symphony since 2017 and has led the Symphony’s growth over the past three and a half years, developing innovative programs like the WSO’s Music in Great Spaces series and the annual Young Artist Concerto Competition. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Cinnante has spearheaded the transformation to engage audiences and students through the virtual delivery of performance and music education programs.

“While I am excited for this next stage in my career, it is bittersweet as I leave behind an organization that has become central to my life,” explained Cinnante. “No arts organization is without challenges, but this organization has turned challenges into opportunities, and has grown by leaps and bounds. As a result, the WSO is stronger today than ever before. Serving the WSO has been a great honor, and I will miss the Greater Waterbury Community very much.”

“During Robert’s tenure, we have deepened our connection to the community, grown our educational offerings and launched new musical performances.  We have seen a significant increase in our audience under his leadership and our last live

performance of 2020, All Mozart, was sold out.  Throughout the pandemic, Robert has led our transition to virtual performances and the WSO has not only survived, but thrived. We wish Robert all the success he deserves in his new role,” said WSO Board President, Kim Welch.

Music Director & Conductor Leif Bjaland has worked closely with Cinnante and agrees with Welch. “Robert is an outstanding arts administrator and, over the last several years, the WSO has been the beneficiary of his prodigious talents.  It has been an absolute joy to collaborate with him in building new programming, educational initiatives, and striving to serve an ever-growing part of our community. We wish him the best of luck!”

Cinnante will leave the Symphony at the end of January. The WSO Board of Directors will be initiating a formal search process to find a successor.

The WSO Is In The News!

The Fall 2020 edition of  Symphony: The Magazine of the League of American Orchestras features a photo and mention of the WSO's presentation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Virtual Vivaldi broadcast.  You can check it out by clicking the button below.  We particularly recommend page 8!

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