Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Classical I

Made in the USA

Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Bella Hristova, violinist

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 8 pm
NVCC Fine Arts Center

Pre-concert discussion: Don’t miss Four Giants of American Music
    our Pre-Concert Talk at 7-7:30 PM featuring Music Director Leif Bjaland

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Copland — Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Barber — Violin Concerto, Soloist: Bella Hristova
Bernstein — Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Gershwin — An American in Paris

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Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career.  The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post noted that she is “a player of impressive power and control.”  Ms. Hristova’s 2016-2017 season features a mix of concerto, recital and chamber music performances, as well as educational outreach activities...more

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestr's 79th season opens with works by Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein and Barber entitled "Made in the USA."


Each of the four giants we salute in this concert contributed distinctive ingredients to the melting pot that was 20th Century American music. Aaron Copland's Texas-born mother sang cowboy tunes to him as a child, which found their way into his ballet, Rodeo. Elements of Leonard Bernstein's classical training inform the beautiful melodies of his West Side Story dances. Samuel Barber's love of American song inspired his lyric Violin Concerto. And George Gershwin's boyhood bicycle trips to Harlem to hear jazz led to a bigger trip—a European sojourn that ultimately inspired his An American in Paris.



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