Director's Message

Dear Orchestra Lovers,

Yes, “these are the times that try men’s souls,” to quote the famous American patriot Thomas Paine. The year was 1776 and there was a much different type of threat to our country then compared to the type we presently face. As we did in the past, we will similarly get through the current predicament. To do so the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra has planned accordingly. Our March Classical Concert, our May Pops concert, as well as our annual Children’s Concert have all been cancelled due to state requirements. With that said, the WHSO would like to offer three options to our annual subscribers and individual concert ticket holders.

The first option is a full refund for value of the tickets purchased for the two remaining concerts of this season. The second option is credit towards future concerts. The third option (our favorite!) is as a full or partial donation to the orchestra. Ticket holders should contact our office at 860-521-4362, write to WHSO at P.O. Box 370036, West Hartford, CT 06137, or email us at

Though our Wednesday evening orchestra rehearsals have ceased and our music-making has gone silent, our orchestra members and I look forward to the moment we gather together again.

Recently, our board of directors made the difficult decision to postpone our 19th season until after January 2021. This is in line with many other concert venues. Until then, our focus is on the health of our audience and volunteer musicians.

We wish you good health until we meet again.

Richard Chiarappa
Music Director, WHSO