¡Bienvenidos amigos! what a night!
GBS brought the music of the Caribbean and Spain to its October 28 concert Arriba España at The Klein in Bridgeport.
The October 28 concert was the second of GBS’ 2017-18 series Revolutions and Revelations, an exploration of the effects of political revolutions on music. Guest conductor Donald Palma led GBS through a night of Latin American and Spanish rhythms.
Arriba España centered 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 thrilled the audience with 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.
GBS raised several hundred dollars for Puerto Rico hurricane relief through Americares. Thank you to our generous concert-goers! We also hosted a Latino feast before the concert in the upper lobby of The Klein, with delicious food from our friends at L.A. Tavern in Black Rock. Future theme receptions will take place before our March and April concerts next spring.
The concert began with 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 performed were 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, enjoyed his time with GBS, especially being able to conduct "the exhilarating music from Puerto Rico, Argentina and Spain, impeccably performed by the fine artists of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.”
"Thanks to a new partnership with the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network, we made a lot of new friends in the local Hispanic community tonight," said GBS Executive Director Mark R. Halstead. “For many in our audience, this was an introduction to the symphonic music of Latin America and Spain. For many in the Latino community in and around Bridgeport, GBS introduced 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.”
GBS hopes to see our new friends again on December 16, when we present Holiday Interlude -- a night of The Nutcracker (and another of Tchaikovsky's great works, the Fifth Symphony), Strauss (Tales from the Vienna Woods), familiar holiday favorites (with singalong!) . . . and a few surprises!
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revolutions and revelations
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
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 STARS AND STRIPES with Jeremy Kittel, performing his new composition.
The 2017-18 Season REVOLUTIONS AND REVELATIONS is nearly upon us!
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