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2017-18 Season

revolutions and revelations

five exciting concerts next season explore the effects of revolutions on art:  how does music respond to revolution?  with revelation!

Be a GBS GOLD SUBSCRIBER this season with a 5-concert subscription.  Experience all five concerts with a 20% discount off regular price, plus get one voucher for a free "bring-a-friend" seat to be used any time during the season.

Can't make it to all five concerts?

Be a GBS SILVER SUBSCRIBER with a 3-concert subscription.  Choose any three of our five concerts as a package, and get 15% off regular price.  Your selections can be changed during the season to accommodate your schedule.

a unique gift idea!

click on the button to the right for individual concert sales.

Eric Jacobsen is BACK!  We open on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution on September 16.  The Russian Revolution created devastation around world for decades . . . but great music came from it.  Without the Revolution, the world might never have known the music of Shostakovich or Rachmaninoff.

Eric Jacobsen is BACK!  We open on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution on September 16.  The Russian Revolution created devastation around world for decades . . . but great music came from it.  Without the Revolution, the world might never have known the music of Shostakovich or Rachmaninoff.

saturday September 16, 2017

music lovers of the world, unite!

Eric Jacobsen opens our new season joined by the incomparable Alex Beyer on piano, as we look at music from before the Revolution (Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla) and after:  two composers who stayed in the new Soviet Union (Arvo Part/Fratres and Dmitri Shostakovich/Symphony N. 5 in D Minor) and one who left (Sergei Rachmaninoff/Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini).

more revolutions follow -- spain, france and america.

"A little revolution, every now and then, is a good thing . . . "

Follow Thomas Jefferson's advice and subscribe to season 72 today!

sATURDAY OCTOBER 28, 2017

ARRIBA ESPANA!

Our October concert is anchored by the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto -- Concierto Aranguez, written at the end of the Spanish Civil War.  We'll explore the rhythms of revolution in Spain (Rodrigo, Casals and de Falla, Puerto Rico (Roberto Sierra's Tumbao) and Argentina (Ginastera), with guest conductor Donald Palma.

saturday december 16, 2017

holiday interlude

GBS takes a break from revolutions with festive selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, along with his Symphony No. 5 and great holiday favorites.  Get in the mood with our interlude!

saturday march 3, 2018

vive la france!

GBS storms the Bastille!  Thrill to pianist Andrew Armstrong on Beethoven's Emperor Concerto -- initally composed for Napoleon.  Then see how the arts flowered in France after the Revolution with the Faure Requiem and Bizet's Carmen Suite.  

saturday april 28, 2018

stars and stripes

What is the music of the American Revolution -- since symphonic music didn't take root in America until almost the 20th century?  American music was song, and so GBS is commissioning (with the Orlando Symphony) a new composition:  the songs of the American Revolution and Civil War by Jeremy Kittel, who will also solo on violin.  The Northeast premiere of an American anthem!  Then we move into Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and celebrate two composers who could have only sprung to life in America:  George Gershwin and Scott Joplin -- with a new arrangement from his opera Treemonisha.  Don't miss this stunning conclusion to an amazing season!

It's revolutions and revelations for 2017-18!

 

 

students and families

Special discounts are available to students (under 19 years of age) and families by calling our office.  GBS aims to make symphonic music available and affordable to everyone in our community.

The Symphony can be a life-changer, especially in the hyper-digitalized world of today.  The music of GBS is more relevant now than ever.  Kids who are exposed to symphonic music end up better students.  It’s a healthy break from their iPhones!

family of five for fifty-five-fifty!

 To make the symphony more accessible for families, GBS is offering discounted Family Pack Tickets this season.  A family of five can attend a GBS concert for as little as $55.50.  It’s less than the cost of a movie, and it’s truly high quality live entertainment. 

Parents/guardians get 15% off regular pricing in any seating section at The Klein Memorial Auditorium; young people age 19 and under get their tickets for only $10 apiece.  See a pricing chart.

Parents, bring your children out to the Symphony for a night they'll never forget!  No amps, no electronics, no gimmicks -- just pure music, made right in front of you.

It's a one-of-a-kind, original experience.

Family pack tickets must be purchased through the gbs office.  please call (203)576-0263 for details.

college students:  $10 rush tickets available at the door (6:45 PM) - must show valid student i.d.

 

the doris and herbert harrington pre-concert lecture series

PRECEDING EACH SERIES CONCERT

Ticket holders for GBS concerts are invited to 30-minute pre-concert talks, designed to provide background on the composers and works being performed.

The auditorium doors open at 6:45 PM for the talks.  You are invited to sit up close, in the Front Orchestra section, for the talk, and move to your own seats after 7:30 PM for the evening's concert.

Presenting our lectures are two distinguished GBS Trustees:  Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, a Professor of Music at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and an active journalist and writer, and Dr. Orin Grossman, Professor Emeritus of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University, and active interpreter and piano recitalist presenting the music of George Gershwin, playing his songs and classical compositions around the globe.

This series is named in honor of longtime Chairman of the Board Doris Harrington and her husband Herb, who continue to work diligently for (and generously support) GBS.

We hope you take advantage of this special way to enhance your appreciation for works chosen for each of our concerts.