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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

current subscribers:  your seats will be reserved for you until august 15.  if you've visited the ticketing site and seen that your seats look like they've been sold, don't worry!  we're holding them for you.  All you need to do is give our office a call or an email, and we'll get you right back into the seats you love for a five-concert gold subscription or three-concert silver subscription.  

Need info?  Write to Mark at opsgbs@gmail.com to request a brochure.

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

New subscribers:  call our office to get the best seat selection.  We're here to help!

saturday september 22, 2018

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a space odyssey begins

Our 73rd season begins -- as does the 1968 film 2001:  A Space Odyssey -- with the iconic "Sunrise" from Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra.  Lark Ascending will soar, as will the incomparable Colin Jacobsen performing Mozart's "Turkish" Violin Concerto #5, and we'll finish with Schumann's Symphony No. 4.  Just the beginning of a galactic season -- EPIC ERIC!

PROGRAM NOTES will be posted in the weeks preceding the concert.

saturday november 10, 2018

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The second in our Season in Space series features something as cutting edge as the Apollo program was in 1968:  a 2015 composition by Mason Bates titled Passage 18:  a musical rendition of the speeches of JFK and others, recalling in vivid detail the excitement of the early space program.

PROGRAM NOTES will be posted in the weeks preceding the concert.

saturday december 8, 2018

   Please note exciting changes to this program!

Please note exciting changes to this program!

We are not permitted as yet to say who, but GBS has a special present in store for our audience.  A world-famous pianist will join us for an epic night:  Schumann's Piano Concerto in A, Greig's Holberg Suite, and a great selection of holiday favorites to warm the heart.  Debussy's Clair de lune gives a bit of moonglow to the evening on this 50th anniversary of Apollo 8's circling of the moon on Christmas Eve, 1968.

PROGRAM NOTES will be posted in the weeks preceding the concert.

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.  

PROGRAM NOTES will be posted in the weeks preceding the concert.

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 David Bruce's Fragile Light.  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 will be posted in the weeks preceding the concert.

 

 

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.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

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

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.

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.