Director's Message

                                                                2018-19: Our 17th Season!

The old adage is “You’re only as good as your last show.” Well, the last show of our past season was a big one and a successful one. It was also a meaningful one for the orchestra as a transitional moment. Our wonderful and successful president of nine years, Ron Reisner, left us and the state, moving to Charleston, SC, to get married. While we’re thrilled for him, we are sad to see him go. However, his role as president has been actively taken on by Tom Caraher, a retired businessman who is ready, willing and able – and also in the percussion section!

Looking ahead, our 17th season will be varied and exciting. Our opening concert “Notes from Russia” will present music by Russian masters, starting with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Violin Concerto in D Major, featuring one of our summer-study scholarship winners, Avon High School senior Elliott Davis, as soloist. We’ll also include Prokofiev’s uncommon “Lt. Kije Suite,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” Alexander Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia,” and Ippolitov-Ivanov’s “Procession of the Sardar.” Lastly, I have located a charming piece of music that people will recognize from the Lincoln MKX television advertisement composed by, surprisingly, Shostakovich.

Our Holiday Concert, always with the charm of the season and including music by Tchaikovsky and Leroy Anderson, will feature Teresa Eikel, a wonderful operatic soprano who has performed with us once before. At this time, Ms. Eikel and I are discussing repertoire, though holiday favorites are certainly in the mix. This year’s holiday concert will take place during the season of Hanukkah, which is always acknowledged by our choice of repertoire.

Looking ahead to 2019, we will be preparing for what will be a unique performance for us in March when we will focus on beautiful music from the world of Dance. As a treat, we will be joined on stage by members of Ballet Theater Company of West Hartford, directed by Stephanie Dattellas, dancing to Richard Rodgers beautiful “Carousel Waltz,” and George Gershwin’s “American in Paris.” Excerpts from the musical Carousel and Oklahoma are under consideration.

Following that unique performance, our annual Pops concert will be held, as always, on Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday of May, to close out our season. Music from Richard Rodgers’ famous “Victory at Sea” is always a possibility.

We look forward to having you with us for another exciting season and we are most thankful and appreciative of your continued support!

Welcome to our 17th season!

Richard Chiarappa
Music Director, WHSO