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WSO Presents Music In Great Spaces Concerts in Litchfield and Newtown Oct. 28th & Nov 5th

Continuing its celebration of its 85th Season, the Waterbury Symphony will present two memorable concerts Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, November 5th as part of the orchestra’s innovative Music in Great Spaces Concerts that take place at inspiring locations throughout Northwest Connecticut.

The first concert, entitled ‘Mozart and More’, at Litchfield Community Center on Saturday, October 28th will present a selection of piano trios as well as Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings. One week later, on Sunday, November 5th, at Newtown’s celebrated Edmond Town Hall, WSO’s concert entitled ‘Eight Seasons, Vivaldi & Piazzolla’ will feature violin soloist and Presidential Scholar, Julian Rhee.


Kicking off on Saturday October 28th, the WSO will present ‘Mozart and More’ at the Litchfield Community Center. WSO’s professional musicians, complimented by WSO’s Cultural Ambassador and esteemed clarinetist Dr. Vincent deLuise and led by WSO Concertmaster Alyce Cognetta-Bertz, WSO will perform a selection of piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Joseph Haydn, as well as Wolfgang Mozart’s Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings.


Among Waterbury Symphony’s finest coming to Litchfield October 28th - Cultural Ambassador & esteemed clarinetist Dr. Vincent deLuise, Principal Cello Rebecca Patterson and Concertmaster Alyce Cognetta-Bertz, with others will present ‘Mozart & More’

Dr. deLuise, a distinguished clarinetist and both Cultural Ambassador and major supporter of the Waterbury Symphony, shared about the concert pieces chosen for this concert, “Mozart was influenced in his musical compositions by his older friend, Joseph Haydn. In turn, Mozart’s style, elegance and harmony influenced the compositional style of early Beethoven and of Mendelssohn.The works to be performed in the recital will demonstrate these wonderful interrelationships in music.”

WSO's Music Director & Conductor, Maestro Leif Bjaland

As an intriguing glimpse into the concert program, WSO’s Music Director, Leif Bjaland, reflected, “Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa - some works of art seem like they have always existed – that they dropped from the sky fully formed and perfect. For me, the Clarinet Quintet by Wolfgang Mozart is in this category, and not just because I’m a clarinetist. The beautifully spun-out opening of the first movement, the bouncy good humor of the finale, the intricate dialogue between the clarinet and strings – there is not one false note in its 35 minutes of divine inspiration. I like to think of the clarinet as the mellow, autumn tinged voice of Mozart himself. With this beautiful voice, curving melodies and ethereal harmonies are created with the same smooth inevitability as winter frost paints our windows with shapes delicate and exquisite.”

The concert will be held on Saturday, October 28th, at 4 p.m. and will be followed by wine and cheese reception. General admission tickets are $35, available online via the WSO website at www.waterburysymphony.org, or by phone, by calling WSO’s box office partner, The Palace Theater Box Office at (203) 346-2000 Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Calendar Listing:

SAT, OCT 28th, 4pm - Concert ‘MOZART AND MORE’ – LITCHFIELD

WSO Concert: ‘MOZART AND MORE’ Saturday, October 28th, 2023 4 p.m. Litchfield Community Center, Litchfield, CT Doors Open 3:00 p.m. Free accessible parking on site Tickets $35; $10 for students with ID, by calling the box office

For tickets online, visit: waterburysymphony.org For ticketing by phone: 203-346-2000* *Via box office partner, Palace Theater Ticketing Office

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Telephone: 203-574-4283

Music led by WSO Concertmaster Alyce Cognetta-Bertz Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major for clarinet and strings Featuring WSO Cultural Ambassador, Dr. Vincent deLuise on clarinet -- Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor Beethoven Piano Trio (Slow Movement) Haydn Piano Trio (Allegro)

WSO Presents 'EIGHT SEASONS, Vivaldi & Piazzolla' on Sunday November 5th 4pm at Edmond Town Hall, Newtown, CT.

Only one week and a day later, the WSO returns to the embrace of Newtown and surrounding audiences, a community that welcomed the Symphony with a sold out performance of its popular Winter Solstice Concert in 2021. The Edmond Town Hall will experience a thrilling ‘eight seasons’ in one afternoon on Sunday November 5th as the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Eight Seasons’, featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” first performed nearly 300 years ago, as well as “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” a series of tangos written by Argentina-born Astor Piazzolla in the 1960s. Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland will lead the performance.


Reflecting on the inspired pairing of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Buenos Aires influenced version, Bjaland shared, “Although one is placed in the North and one in the Southern Hemisphere, they each play on the natural and human changes that occur as the year passes. This performance fits into our theme of “Celebrating Joy” as the orchestra celebrates its 85th year. Edmond Town Hall has been a joyous setting for decades, so the setting and performance will make an auspicious fit.”


Astor Piazzolla

In an inspired pairing with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Waterbury Symphony returns to Newtown to perform Argentina-born composer Astor Piazzolla’s [shown here] Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – on Sunday, November 5th at the Edmond Town Hall.

In this unique performance, each season will be accompanied by a short poem inspired by the music. Vivaldi accompanied each of his seasons with an evocative poem, celebrating the joys of spring, winter, summer, and fall. Each line of the poems reflects, in an almost cinema graphic way, Vivaldi's music. From the vast reservoir of Spanish literature, Maestro Bjaland has similarly curated four seasonal poems to accompany Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for the November 5th concert.


To accompany Waterbury Symphony’s professional orchestra musicians, U.S. Presidential Scholar recipient Julian Rhee, a violinist of growing renown, will be the featured soloist. Rhee, an acclaimed violin soloist is the honored recipient of the outstanding 1699 "Lady Tennant " Antonio Stradivari violin.







The concert will be held on Sunday, November 5th, at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $45, available online via the WSO website at www.waterburysymphony.org, or by phone, by calling WSO’s box office partner, The Palace Theater Box Office at (203) 346-2000 Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Newtown,” shared Waterbury Symphony’s Executive Director Doug Donato. “We’ve been experiencing a growing and enthusiastic following of the WSO from Newtown audiences, including with our sold out Winter Solstice performance in 2021. We are delighted to see the immediate response to our November 5th concert.”

Calendar Listing – Sun, Nov 5th 4 p.m. - Concert ‘EIGHT SEASONS’, NEWTOWN WSO Concert: ‘Eight Seasons, Vivaldi & Piazzolla’ Sunday, November 5th, 2023 4 p.m. Edmond Town Hall, Newtown, CT Theatre Doors Open 3:30 p.m. Free accessible parking on site Tickets $45; $10 for students with ID - Call box office For tickets online, visit: waterburysymphony.org For ticketing by phone: 203-346-2000* *Via box office partner, Palace Theater Ticketing Office

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Telephone: 203-574-4283 Leif Bjaland conductor Vivaldi ‘The Four Seasons’ Piazzolla ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ Featuring Julian Rhee, Violin


About Waterbury Symphony Orchestra: Creating music since 1938, the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s core belief is that music, music education and shared cultural experiences are essential for humanity.

Three primary strands of the WSO include its MasterWorks Classical Concerts including its annual Symphony & Cinema Concert, its prodigious satellite performances including its Music in Great Spaces series of innovative concerts and smaller ensembles, and finally their celebrated educational programs for libraries, schools, and underserved communities. Led by Leif Bjaland for the past twenty-eight seasons, WSO draws over one hundred talented professional musicians from across New England. As orchestra in residence of the Fine Arts Center, Naugatuck Valley Community College, the Waterbury Symphony wishes to acknowledge the partnership of NVCC and the enduring legacy of the generosity and vision of Ruth Ann Leever. For more information by telephone, call 203-574-4283 For tickets online, visit: waterburysymphony.org For ticketing by phone: 203-346-2000* *Via box office partner, Palace Theater Ticketing Office

About Julian Rhee An avid violin soloist recognized as an emerging artist and performer, Julian Rhee has been praised for his "sophisticated, assured tone, superb intonation, and the kind of poise and showmanship that thrills audiences." (The Strad ). Debuting at age 8 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Julian has performed internationally at acclaimed venues from Argentina, Hungary, Vienna, New World Center and the John F. Kennedy Center. He was selected as a 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar and received his medal at the White House. Rhee is the recipient of the extended loan of the outstanding 1699 "Lady Tennant " Antonio Stradivari violin through the generosity of the Mary B. Galvin Foundation and the efforts of the Stradivari Society whose mission support the very highest level of string playing by loaning precious antique Italian instruments to artists of exceptional talent and ability.

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