YOUNG INSTRUMENTALISTS' COMPETITION 2018 WINNERS ANNOUNCED! - click here
Forget the Philharmonic. The GBS plays just as well and is so much more fun! -4/28 concertgoer
WHAT A WAY TO CLOSE THE SEASON!
oUR SERIES REVOLUTIONS AND REVELATIONS CLOSED ON sATURDAY aPRIL 28 WITH GERSHWIN'S ROUSING CUBAN OVERTURE AT THE FIFTH CONCERT OF THE SEASON, STARS AND STRIPES.
"Eric Jacobsen is magical. Did you see him at the end? He was laughing and dancing up there!" -4/28 concertgoer
GBS' final concert of the season was big -- as big as the American frontier. We opened with an American song that has become familiar to millions: Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell for full orchestra, used in Ken Burns' 1991 The Civil War series -- a modern piece (1983) that evokes memories of America's birth and trial by fire. Then came the music of three bona fide American geniuses: Copland, Joplin and Gershwin! Aaron Copland's unforgettable Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man were masterfully conducted and performed to the enthusiastic crowd of over 1100 at The Klein. The biggest ovations, however, were yet to come, as GBS presented 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 grand operatic arrangement written (as we imagine Joplin envisioned) by Milford composer Rex Cadwallader brought down the house. The Harding High School Choir, under direction of Sheena Graham, brought unforgettable harmonies to Joplin's 1911 magnum opus. A massive standing ovation lasted nearly four minutes as the orchestra and choir took bow after bow. Then 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. Joining the GBS pros were eight of the region's most talented brass, wind and percussion students, who had trained all season with GBS mentors on this rich and complex piece. After another ovation, Eric said to the crowd, "I don't know if I can stop laughing, that was so much fun!" Encores were certainly in order, and after playing Happy Birthday to GBS Board Chair Doris Harrington, Eric led the orchestra, the choir, and the whole audience in singing This Land is Your Land. "I had no idea I would enjoy this so much!" and "This was the best one yet" were frequent comments heard in the lobby after the concert. Unforgettable!
"I noticed at the beginning when we were all singing the National Anthem, and Eric was smiling and facing us; he looked at all of us, from the first row all the way back up into the balcony. We were there with him, and he was there with us. It was extraordinary!" - 4/28 concertgoer
And the concert was only half of a very big week at GBS. Eric took the entire orchestra into Bridgeport's Harding High School on April 27, where the choir provided the Treemonisha vocals. The audience of 200+ students roared their approval; said one observer, "You just got the applause Scott Joplin was never able to get in his lifetime!" Click here to hear Treemonisha by GBS and Harding High. Then Eric conducted excerpts from Appalachian Spring, and talked over the students' observations on the music. The day before, Eric conducted two chamber music classes at Fairfield Woods Middle School in Fairfield, before working with the students in GBS' Brass-Wind-Percussion Experience '18 program (generously sponsored by Robert D. Scinto and Bob and Diana Graziano. What a week!
"Weren't the kids fabulous? Amazing voices and talent! I loved the feeling of community, as if we were one huge musical family." -4/28 concertgoer
and in the fall . . .
a CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT IN MUSIC TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDINGS! five amazing concerts, all conducted by maestro jacobsen.
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"Isn't it amazing how Eric shares the applause? He is so generous. Remember those eight kids standing? They will never forget that, will they? And he gets those players in the back to stand, the ones we never see. He is so inclusive! -4/28 concertgoer
Eric Jacobsen performing the Ravel String Quartet on CT STYLE with members of (GBYO) in 2016.
Welcome to a season in space -- the 2018-19 Season of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Eric Jacobsen returns for his fifth exciting season as Music Director of GBS.
Mark your calendars for all five concerts of our great 73rd season:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 A SPACE ODYSSEY BEGINS with Colin Jacobsen, violin. See Program Notes
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018 "WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON!" See Program Notes
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 A FAIRY TALE HOLIDAY
SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 MOONSTRUCK
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
For more information, click the 2018-19 Season tab.
The 2018-19 SEASON IN SPACE starts September 22!
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