The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra announces the 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition.  Each year, the Symphony hosts an event for emerging instrumental artists focused around the performance of the concerto as an art form.  A concerto is a musical composition generally composed of three movements, in which, usually, one solo instrument is accompanied by an orchestra.  “Creating an opportunity that brings together classical music, education and positive impact to the next generation of artists sits at the heart of our mission”, says WSO Executive Director, Robert Cinnante.   

This year violinists ages 16-29 are invited to audition for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition.  The winner will be selected to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major at the Symphony’s March 1, 2020 concert and will be awarded a $1,000 prize.  The $1,000 prize is made possible through the generosity of the Thomas C. Clark Young Artist Competition Prize Fund.

Judges for the event will be the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor, Leif Bjaland and internationally acclaimed violinist and Boston Conservatory professor, Lynn Chang.  Participants will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Mijin Choi.

WHEN:                 Sunday, November 3, 2019
                              4 PM to 7:30 PM


WHERE:               Bethesda Lutheran Church,

                             305  Saint Ronan St., New        

                             Haven, Connecticut

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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.

The Symphony has been the Orchestra-in-Residence at Naugatuck Valley Community College since 1992. 

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