GBS' final concert of the season is big -- as big as the American frontier. We'll open with an American song that has become familiar to millions: Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell for full orchestra, used in Ken Burns' 1991 The Civil War series -- a modern piece (1983) that evokes memories of America's birth and trial by fire. Then, it's the music of three bona fide American geniuses: Copland, Joplin and Gershwin! Aaron Copland's unforgettable Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man will lead into the work of two composers who could have only sprung to life in America: Scott Joplin, the son of slaves from Texarkana, and George Gershwin, the Brooklyn-born son of Eastern European immigrants. A medley of Joplin's opera Treemonisha -- in a new arrangement written for large orchestra (as we imagine Joplin envisioned) by Milford composer Rex Cadwallader -- will be followed by Gershwin's seldom-performed Cuban Overture. Like so many Gershwin compositions, Cuban Overture shows Gershwin as a 20th-century American citizen-of-the world, a true expression of the great Melting Pot. GBS will be joined by Bridgeport's Harding High School Choir on Treemonisha vocals, and by eight of the region's most talented brass, wind and percussion students (who have been training all season with GBS mentors) on Cuban Overture. An unforgettable night of great American music awaits! Don't miss it!
*We regret to announce that Jeremy Kittel recently suffered an injury to his arm, and will not be performing as previously advertised.
2018-19 SEASON COMING UP: A SEASON IN SPACE
a CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT IN MUSIC TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDINGS! Details will be announced at the april 28 concert.
Eric Jacobsen performing the Ravel String Quartet on CT STYLE with members of (GBYO) in 2016.
Welcome to revolutions and revelations -- the 2017-18 Season of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Eric Jacobsen returns for his fourth exciting season as Music Director of GBS.
Mark your calendars for all five concerts of our great 72nd season:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017 HOLIDAY INTERLUDE
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 VIVE la FRANCE! with Andrew Armstrong, piano; the Fairfield County Children's Choir; the University Singers of the University of Bridgeport; and baritone Thomas Woodman.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 STARS AND STRIPES with fiddler Jeremy Kittel, performing his new composition, and featuring Bridgeport's Harding High School Choir and the very best young musicians in the region from our Brass-Wind-Percussion Experience '18 program.
The 2017-18 Season REVOLUTIONS AND REVELATIONS is nearly upon us!
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