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2018-19 Season

a season in space

this season, we choose to go to the moon!  come along for the ride

Eric Jacobsen conducts all five concerts celebrating flight in music on the 50th anniversary of the moon landings

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


Need info?  Write to Mark at to request a brochure.

Payments by check may also be mailed to 446 University Avenue, Bridgeport 06604.  Please remember to add $3 per seat (per concert) to your check to cover ticketing charges!

saturday march 16, 2019

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Spring is here -- and so is Stravinsky's Rite of Spring!  Johann Strauss's Beautiful Blue Danube leads off this concert, and the Fairfield County Children's Choir will join us for Vivaldi's beautiful Gloria.  Special guest Keir Dullea, star of 2001:  A Space Odyssey will join us to introduce The Beautiful Blue Danube (a piece forever linked with the film), and we’ve got some surprises in store.

PROGRAM NOTES for March 16.

saturday april 13, 2019

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The season closes with The Planets -- all seven of them!  One of the greatest violinists of our time, Gil Shaham, will be with us to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto.  Said the Chicago Tribune:  "The Illinois-born, Israel-bred violinist could give Jascha [Heifetz] a close race in the razzle-dazzle department."   Don't miss this show!

PROGRAM NOTES for April 13.



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.