Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2016 - 2017: Creating Community

2016-17 - Our 79th Season!
Creating comm\unity\....

Dear Friends in music,

Great music, like a mirror reflecting the constellation of human emotions, can guide us to our innermost feelings or transport us out of ourselves, making us more keenly aware of our shared humanity.

It is with great excitement that I invite you to join us on a musical journey in which we plumb the solitude, even the loneliness, of human individualism, while affirming music's power to bring us all together - to create community!

~ Leif Bjaland, Music Director and Conductor

Made in the U.S.A.

Sept. 17, 2016 | 8 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury

Each of the four giants we salute in this concert contributed distinctive ingredients to the melting pot that was 20th century American music... more

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Tchaikovsky's Pathetique

Nov. 13, 2016 | 3 PM
NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury

Tchaikovsky's last symphony is one of classical music's peak experiencees - exalted in the joyful heights and plumbing the tragic depths of human emotions...more

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A Connecticut Christmas

Dec. 4, 2016 | 3 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury



We've collected a dozen yuletide memories for this edition of A Connecticut Christmas - from cookies and milk for Santa, to the family opening presents around to the Christmas tree! It's a gift your children and grandchildren will always treasure...more


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Heroic Music for Brass & Organ

Jan. 29, 2017 | 4 PM

St. Michael's Parish,
25 South St., Litchfield

For more than four centuries, composers have used the combination of pipe organ, brass and percussion to portray the noblest of human emotions.

This concert features the outstanding organist Joseph Ripka and the WSO's brass and percussion sections...more

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Mozart the Miraculous

Mar. 12, 2017 | 3 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury



Like tendrils of ivy covering a marble statue, the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life has been obscured by legend. We tear away these legends in hope to reveal Mozart the man and the artist...more

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Ode to Joy

Apr. 22, 2017 | 8 PM

NVCC Fine Arts Center,



Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is one of Western Culture's towering monuments. It is a celebration of joy, composed by a man cut off from the world by deafness. When three monumental movements lead up to a finale with vocal soloists and a huge choir, it feels that the entire world has joined in a hymn to our shared humanity here beneath "the starry realm"...more


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