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Make a night of it!  Subscribers, come to this reception for only $20 per person.  Call GBS for details (203)576-0263

Make a night of it!  Subscribers, come to this reception for only $20 per person.  Call GBS for details (203)576-0263

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¡Bienvenidos amigos!  GBS welcomes the music of the Caribbean and Spain its October 28 concert Arriba España at The Klein in Bridgeport. 

The October 28 concert will be the second of GBS’ 2017-18 series Revolutions and Revelations, an exploration of the effects of political revolutions on music.  Guest conductor Donald Palma will lead GBS through a night of Latin American and Spanish rhythms.

 Arriba España centers around Joaquin Rodrigo’s guitar concerto Concierto de Aranjuez, a composition written at the end of the Spanish Civil War.  Noted guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery will solo on this evocative piece, considered a calming influence after the tumult of Civil War.  For many years, the music was used by Spanish politicians to celebrate the victory of Franco, but it is, in reality, an emotional autobiography of Rodrigo himself.

The concert features Tumbao from Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 3, “La Salsa,” a spirited contemporary Classical work.  “We’ve been wanting to perform music like this for a long time now,” says GBS Music Director Eric Jacobsen.  “This music is a part of the culture of our community, and we are very excited to bring it to The Klein!”

Also to be performed are works by Argentinean Alberto Ginastera and Spaniard Manuel de Falla, as well as a short piece by cellist Pablo Casals.  Casals’ Song of the Birds was Casals’ opening piece for all of his concerts.  Casals was forced to leave Spain after the Civil War, and always dedicated El cant dels ocels to “the soul of my country, Catalonia.”

Guest conductor Donald Palma, himself a noted bassist, is thrilled with the opportunities presented by the music.  “We’re looking forward to celebrating the incredible contributions by Hispanic composers with exhilarating music from Puerto Rico, Argentina and Spain, impeccably performed by the fine artists of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.”  

“This concert will be a two-way introduction,” says GBS Executive Director Mark R. Halstead.  “For our audience, it’s an introduction to the symphonic music of Latin America and Spain.  For the Latino community in and around Bridgeport, we hope it will introduce orchestral music to a new audience, who we hope will come back again and again.  GBS takes very seriously its role as artistic beacon in Bridgeport, for all the many cultures in our area.”

Families are encouraged to attend this event by taking advantage of GBS’ Family Pack discount.  All youngsters under 19 are eligible for $10 tickets (any seat in the house), while accompanying adults get a 15% discount.  A family of five can come to the concert for just $55.50.  “It’s a better value than most of the movies out today,” says GBS President Jean Moffitt.

Tickets are $15 to $59, and 3- concert Silver Subscriptions are still available for Arriba España plus any two of GBS other three concerts this season.  Ticketing fees apply to all purchases.  Tickets may be bought online at www.GBS.org, or by calling (203)576-0263.

Below:  our soloist for October, Benjamin Verdery.

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PREMIERE A BIG HIT

 

The start of an epic season!

GBS' world tour Revolutions and Revelations opened to numerous ovations on Saturday night, September 16.  

Eric Jacobsen returned to our podium for his fourth season with a survey of Russian music, before and after the Russian Revolution of 1917:  Glinka, Paert, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.  Piano virtuoso Alex Beyer performed a rapturous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, followed by an encore and several minutes of standing ovation.  The concert was preceded by a gala Opening Night Reception in The Klein's upper lobby -- Moscow Mules (with vodka made locally by our friends at Asylum Distilleries of Bridgeport) and sumptuous Russian hors d'oeuvres.  "Music Lovers of the World Unite" was the first of five series concerts this season, three others of which explore the music of the Spanish Civil War, the French Revolution and the American Revolution.  The December concert will, as usual, feature holiday favorites with great classics associated with the season.  Hear more about the concert and the season in this WICC interview.

what a deal:  if you loved what you saw and heard at our first concert, SINGLE TICKETS FROM THE SEPTEMBER 16 CONCERT ARE CONVERTIBLE TO 5-CONCERT GOLD SUBSCRIPTIONS BY CALLING or emailing THE GBS OFFICE!

Gold Subscriptions save 20% over regular ticket price, and come with a voucher for a free seat to any of our Season 72 concerts.

3-CONCERT SILVER SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE AT 15% DISCOUNT.

be with gbs for the entire season in 2017-18

revolutions and revelations

With the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution coming up in October, we got to thinking:  despite all the tragedies launched by the Russian Revolution, great music did emerge from Russia -- some in protest, some in propaganda, and some in triumphant escape.  We open on September 16 with a musical overview of the Russian Revolution -- before and after:  the music of Glinka, Paert, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.  Later in the season we'll hear the effects of the Spanish Civil War, the French Revolution, and the American Revolution!  Don't miss a single concert!   The Russian, French, and American Revolutions, along with the Spanish Civil War, anchor our new season.  Click here to find out more!     5-concert and 3-concert subscriptions now available!   The PERFECT gift idea:  GBS TICKETS! Give the gift of music this year, with season tickets for 2017-18, or get tickets to any of our upcoming concerts. Call GBS to order your gift package today, complete with a gift letter in a festive envelope. Family Pack Tickets available!  A family of five can attend a concert for as little as $55.50!  Click the 2017-18 Season tab, or call our office at (203)576-0263.   Offer available only by calling GBS.

With the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution coming up in October, we got to thinking:  despite all the tragedies launched by the Russian Revolution, great music did emerge from Russia -- some in protest, some in propaganda, and some in triumphant escape.  We open on September 16 with a musical overview of the Russian Revolution -- before and after:  the music of Glinka, Paert, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.  Later in the season we'll hear the effects of the Spanish Civil War, the French Revolution, and the American Revolution!  Don't miss a single concert!

 

The Russian, French, and American Revolutions, along with the Spanish Civil War, anchor our new season.  Click here to find out more!  

 

5-concert and 3-concert subscriptions now available!

 

The PERFECT gift idea:  GBS TICKETS!

Give the gift of music this year, with season tickets for 2017-18, or get tickets to any of our upcoming concerts.

Call GBS to order your gift package today, complete with a gift letter in a festive envelope.

Family Pack Tickets available!  A family of five can attend a concert for as little as $55.50!  Click the 2017-18 Season tab, or call our office at (203)576-0263.  

Offer available only by calling GBS.

Eric Jacobsen performing the Ravel String Quartet on CT STYLE with members of (GBYO) in 2016.

Conductor Eric Jacobsen

Conductor Eric Jacobsen

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, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017                                                       MUSIC LOVERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!                            with Alexander Beyer, piano.                        See Program Notes

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017                                                            ARRIBA ESPANA!                                                                           with guest conductor Donald Palma, and guitarist Benjamin Verdery.                                                                See Program Notes

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017                                                         HOLIDAY INTERLUDE

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018                                                        VIVE la FRANCE!                                                                               with Andrew Armstrong, piano

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018                                                      STARS AND STRIPES                                                                           with Jeremy Kittel, performing his new composition.

For more information, click the 2017-18 Season tab.

The 2017-18 Season REVOLUTIONS AND REVELATIONS is nearly upon us! 

Want to hear a sample?  Click above!