Director’s Message


It is through the continued support of our patrons, subscribers, and individual ticket buyers, that the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra is alive, well, and about to begin its thirteenth successful season. Along the way you will hear some famous classical music, some brand new concert music, a piano concerto, some orchestral and choral music and, of course, some good old music from Broadway and the Silver Screen.

Our opening concert is titled, “Something Old, Something New” because you will hear some familiar music by Dvorak and Sibelius, and enjoy two new works by “living” composers. In fact, one of those composers, Robert Wendel of New York City, will be in our audience in October when we perform his “Towers of Light.” Also on that program is Hartt School graduate, Peter Boyer’s “Symphony #1. Many of you may remember his name as the composer of “Ellis Island-The Dream of America.” This is a special treat for the orchestra because the WHSO is the first United States orchestra – community, university or professional – to perform his symphony since its recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra last spring. This is indeed something new!

Familiar faces will return to our stage when Kathleen and Raymond Hardman join us for our annual Holiday Concert at our West Hartford Town Hall. Seasonal music will fill the room as will a special performance by a young student harpist. As we emerge from winter at the end of March we will be joined by the wonderful Eastern CT State University Chorale led by Dr. David Belles. Also on that program will be Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #1 played by pianist Eric Ouellette.

Our final Pops concert will have a definite Kingswood Oxford School touch to it. The school’s “leading lady” of musical theatre will be performing songs from Broadway. But wait – there’s more! Dennis Bisgaard, Headmaster of the school, will be making his debut as the triangle soloist in a piece written for symphony orchestra and celebrity “triangulist.” We expect this to be a most enjoyable and exciting way to close out our thirteenth season, and we are very happy to have you along for the ride with us!

Richard Chiarappa
Music Director

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