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2018-19 Season

20/20 visions

the evolution of music

as 2020 approaches, GBS invites you to look at music from a new perspective.

Eric Jacobsen returns for his sixth season with dynamic offerings old and new, exploring the origins and evolution of the world’s greatest music.

GOOD SEATS AVAILABLE - AND FAMILY PACKS make the symphony affordable for everyone!

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saturday september 21, 2019

look to the east

Season premiere! Come travel with GBS along the Silk Road, with a visit from Kayhan Kalhor, master of the Persian kamancheh (spiked fiddle), and members of the Silk Road Ensemble. Kalhor's 2002 composition "Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur," Classical music steeped in the traditions of Persia and Iran. We'll also have a composition by Colin Jacobsen – "Atashgah," for kamancheh and strings -- and cap the evening with Brahms' 4th Symphony.

saturday november 2, 2019

telling tales

Folk tales from Eastern Europe underscore the music in this concert of Dvorak and Bartok. Vocalists Sarah Shafer and Jazimina MacNeil bring folk tales to life, underscored by the music of Dvorak.

saturday december 21, 2019


The winter solstice, the moment when days begin to lengthen and brighten in anticipation of spring, gave rise to the major religious holidays of our culture, and we celebrate with joyous music of Bach (excerpts from the Christmas Oratorio) and Sarasate, along with a holiday medley inspired by Bach: Kirke Mechem’s The Seven Joys of Christmas. The Fairfield County Children’s Choir and the Connecticut Chamber Choir will join us for this uplifting event. The days will be getting longer – get into the holiday mood with this exuberant night of music.

saturday march 14, 2020

there and back again

The legendary voyage of St. Brendan to the New World in 597 AD meets the New World Symphony. Shaun Davey’s heroic musical recounting of the crossing of Brendan the Navigator (with uilleann pipes solo) is complemented by Dvorak’s musical travel diary, "From the New World."

saturday april 18, 2020

roots of broadway

Guest conductor Chelsea Tipton rings out our season with a night of Broadway classics, and their Classical roots. The evolution of Broadway music will be presented on this glittering night to remember.



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.  (Standard ticketing fees apply.

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


Groups of 20 or more get 15% off regular ticket price (fees apply).  Call our office at (203)576-0263 to learn more.  


the doris and herbert harrington pre-concert lecture series


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.

Subscribers, please note:  In order to provide the best speaking environment, reserved seats in Front Orchestra may be taken by others during the talks.  Please be patient if others are using your seats during this time.  Doors will be closed during the talk except for those entering quietly to hear the speaker.

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.