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Music and dancing, fine food and wonderful company await you! Order tickets now! The beautiful Brooklawn Country Club will again be the site of our annual gala this spring. Look for some wonderful surprises in keeping with our Seaon in Space theme. Tickets just $175 per person/$1750 per table. Live and Silent Auctions.
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Our first concert of the spring brings Stravinsky’s heroic Rite of Spring to the stage at The Klein! This music was so out-of-this world at its 1913 Paris premiere that it caused riots in the street. “We’re not expecting any riots this time around,” says Music Director Eric Jacobsen, “but the music is just as thrilling today as it was then.” The Fairfield County Children’s Choir will join GBS for Vivaldi’s beautiful Gloria. Veteran actor Keir Dullea, most famous for his starring role as astronaut Dave Bowman in the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey will host the evening, and introduce Strauss’ Beautiful Blue Danube, which was re-popularized by its prominent use in the film; he’ll also favor us with a dramatic reading, set to music, of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem The Moon. GBS will pay tribute to 63-year GBS veteran Bernice Friedson as she solos on Boch’s Nigun — and we have some other surprises in store, too! A SEASON IN SPACE continues on to new heights! GET TICKETS FOR MARCH 16 TODAY!
december 8 concert astounds!
Piano sensation Yuja Wang, known worldwide for her artistry and electric performances, performed with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony for All Of You On The Good Earth on Saturday, December 8 at the Klein. “This is the biggest cultural event to come to our region in recent years!” said GBS President Jean Moffitt. “We’ve been hoping for this for a long time,” adds GBS Conductor Eric Jacobsen, “and now the dream is coming true. The orchestra is so excited to have this incredible artist with us.”
The Beijing-born virtuoso is one of the most unique and brilliant piano players in the world, known for her one-of-a-kind performances as well as her fashion-forward style. GBS was honored to bring her talents to our audience here in Bridgeport.
Ms. Wang thrilled the audience with Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, a musical love story Schumann wrote for his wife Clara. The music describes a struggle between enthusiasm and dreaminess, yearning and contentment, loyalty and freedom. It maintains a character of fantasy, leading to an exuberant finale. She followed with an exuberant encore — exciting variations on Mozart — that brought down the house.
Also, on the program were Debussy’s famous Clair de lune (in keeping with GBS’ theme of “A Season in Space”) and Grieg’s In Holberg’s Time, interspersed such holiday classics as Bizet’s Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite #2 (popularly known as This Great Day or March of the Kings) and Silent Night.
has cleared the tower — all systems go!
Forget the Philharmonic. The GBS plays just as well and is so much more fun! -4/28 concertgoer
"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
"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
"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 the remaining two concerts of our great 73rd season:
SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 MOONSTRUCK
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
For more information, click the 2018-19 Season tab.
Want to hear a sample? Click above!