GBS' final concert of the season is big -- as big as the American frontier. Jeremy Kittel brings the orchestrated songs of the American Revolution and Civil War to life on The Klein stage with Touch of Nature, a new piece composed for Bridgeport and Orlando, with Kittel soloing on fiddle. Then, it's the music of three bona fide American geniuses: Copland, Joplin and Gershwin! Aaron Copland's unforgettable Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man will lead into the work of two composers who could have only sprung to life in America: Scott Joplin, the son of slaves from Texarkana, and George Gershwin, the Brooklyn-born son of Eastern European immigrants. A medley of Joplin's opera Treemonisha -- in a new arrangement written for large orchestra (as we imagine Joplin envisioned) by Milford composer Rex Cadwallader -- will be followed by Gershwin's seldom-performed Cuban Overture. Like so many Gershwin compositions, Cuban Overture shows Gershwin as a 20th-century American citizen-of-the world, a true expression of the great Melting Pot. GBS will be joined by Bridgeport's Harding High School Choir on Treemonisha vocals, and by eight of the region's most talented brass, wind and percussion students (who have been training all season with GBS mentors) on Cuban Overture. An unforgettable night of great American music awaits! Don't miss it!
Oh, what a night -- C'est Magnifique!
A revolutionary good time was had by all, March 3!
GBS presented its first concert of 2018 to a great house at The Klein, March3. Eric Jacobsen began the concert with La Marseillaise, and showcased music that evolved from revolution in France through the 19th century. (Hear Eric talk about it -- click here)
Guest performers abounded at this concert of thrilling music. Pianist Andrew Armstrong headlined with a rich rendition of the Emperor Concerto (Piano Concerto No. 5), one of Beethoven’s most celebrated works, and brought the house down. You may ask, "Isn’t Beethoven German? What’s he doing in a French concert?” The story goes that this heroic composition was written to honor the new emperor Napoleon, but later in life Beethoven soured on Napoleon, and denied that he’d dedicated the piece to him -- all part of the turbulent history of French politics, and politics across Europe in the early 1800s. (Read all about it! Click here.)
The program then looked at the music of two French composers, whose work represents the flowering of the arts later in the 1800s, in very different ways. Gabriel Fauré’ s haunting, lyrical Requiem was performed with a wealth of local talent: the Fairfield County Children’s Choir and the University of Bridgeport’s University Singers joined baritone Thomas Woodman (Fairfield's own!). The concert concluded with selections from Georges Bizet’s most famous work Carmen, whose dramatic themes are virtually a byword for opera.
The concert was preceded by a gala French-themed reception in the Upper Lobby of The Klein, supported by many members of the Fairfield Rotary Club -- new members of the GBS family!
It was a busy week. Eric Jacobsen and concertmaster Debbie Wong brought the music of Kodaly and Handel-Halvorsen to two Bridgeport elementary schools -- Bryant and Jettie Tisdale -- and thrilled the young audiences. Two hundred students were on hand at Tisdale, and many attended the concert the next night.
2018-19 SEASON COMING UP: A SEASON IN SPACE
a CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT IN MUSIC TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDINGS! WATCH THIS SITE FOR DETAILS IN THE COMING WEEKS.
revolutions and revelations continues on march 3!
Eric Jacobsen performing the Ravel String Quartet on CT STYLE with members of (GBYO) in 2016.
Welcome to revolutions and revelations -- the 2017-18 Season of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Eric Jacobsen returns for his fourth exciting season as Music Director of GBS.
Mark your calendars for all five concerts of our great 72nd season:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017 HOLIDAY INTERLUDE
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 VIVE la FRANCE! with Andrew Armstrong, piano; the Fairfield County Children's Choir; the University Singers of the University of Bridgeport; and baritone Thomas Woodman.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 STARS AND STRIPES with fiddler Jeremy Kittel, performing his new composition, and featuring Bridgeport's Harding High School Choir and the very best young musicians in the region from our Brass-Wind-Percussion Experience '18 program.
The 2017-18 Season REVOLUTIONS AND REVELATIONS is nearly upon us!
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