Fanfare For The Women

August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women across the country the right to vote. Celebrate this historic milestone with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in a salute to women composers past and present. Presented virtually on YouTube at 7:30 pm, Saturday, August 15th, the program features pivotal works by women, including Libby Larsen’s Fanfare for the Women, Maria Theresia von Paradis’ Sicilienne, Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino, Idabelle Firestone’s If I Could Tell You, and two pieces by Connecticut’s very own Sharon Ruchman. Featuring performances by WSO Principal Trumpet John Charles Thomas, Concertmaster Alyce Cognetta Bertz, Principal Flute Kim Collins, Cellist Mary Costanza, and Pianists William Braun, Joseph Jacovino,  and Dr. Mijin Choi. Hosted by Executive Director Robert Cinnante and Music Director & Conductor Leif Bjaland. 

Admission is $10 ($2.50 ticketing fee not included) and tickets are available at or 203-574-4283. A link to the event will be sent to ticket purchasers 24 hours before the concert.

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The WSO builds connections across the region with exploratory concerts, events, and educational programs. The WSO maintains a firm commitment to produce programs that are of value to its patrons, participants and community partners. This commitment is rooted in the Symphony’s core belief that music education and shared cultural experiences are essential to creating community.  Founded in 1938, the Symphony has assembled over 100 of the most talented musicians across New England to perform throughout Northwest Connecticut.  The 2019-2020 season celebrates Maestro Leif Bjaland’s 25th Anniversary as Music Director & Conductor with the WSO.

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