West Hartford Symphony Orchestra Opens its 17th Season with Notes from Russia

By admin on January 16, 2018

Contact Information: Joe Bleicher, Public Relations Director, jmbleicher@aol.com

On the afternoon of October 28th, members of the West Hartford community joined the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra for an afternoon of classical music as it kicked off its 17th concert season. The concert, held at Kingswood Oxford School’s Roberts Theater, featured fabulous music by some of Russia’s most famous composers, including Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.

WHSO was thrilled to return to the stage for its 17th year of family-friendly classical and POPs music. The orchestra, composed entirely of volunteers, is made up of musicians of all ages and backgrounds, ranging from high school students to retirees. This year’s orchestra is composed of five local doctors, award-winning high school musicians, and a doctoral student from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, just to mention a few.

President Tom Caraher opened the concert with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh. The concert then began with the singing of the National Anthem by Outlook, a musical choral acapella group from The Kingswood Oxford School. The inclusion of this local choir celebrated the orchestra’s special connection with the West Hartford community and each concert this season will open with a special performance by local soloists or school choirs. 

The concert also featured Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous Violin Concerto. As part of the Young Artist Series, award-winning high school musician Elliott Davis gave a thrilling performance as the solo violinist in this moving piece of classical music. The Orchestra’s Young Artist Series is a celebration of area’s many talented young musicians and the orchestra’s unique collaboration between generations.

Another featured piece of music was Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije. Prokofiev composed the score in 1933 to accompany a satirical film by the same name. The music tells the story of the fictional Russian Lieutenant Kije. The orchestra performed all five movements, which chronicle Kije’s life, from his birth to his first love, his wedding, and a thrilling winter sleigh ride, before ending with his death and burial.

The concert was a wonderful start to the 2018/2019 season and the orchestra is excited to get back on stage for its upcoming holiday concert on December 9th. Tickets are now available here.