Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Season Opening Night!

Romantic Virtuosity

Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Natasha Korsakova, violinist

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 8 pm*
NVCC Fine Arts Center

*Pre-Concert Lecture from 7-7:30pm, with WSO Cultural Ambassador, Dr. Vincent DeLuise.

All Opening Night ticket holders will receive a special gift from Fascia’s Chocolates in celebration of
the WSO 80th Anniversary celebration!.

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Dvořák: Carnival Overture
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Natasha Korsakova, Violin
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Season Opening Night!

Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) kicks off its 80th anniversary on Saturday, September 23, 8pm, at Naugatuck Valley Community College Fine Arts Center, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland. The Opening Night concert of the 2017-2018 Season, Romantic Virtuosity, showcases some of the most beloved works from the Romantic era in Western classical music, with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Acclaimed violinist Natasha Korsakova brings her special brand of artistry as the soloist in the Tchaikovsky. No stranger to the WSO, Korsakova has been hailed as one of most popular violinists of her generation, with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung describing her ability to play the violin as a "sinfully beautiful listening experience.” Korsakova will also appear in recital at the Mark Twain House & Museum on Thursday, September 28, 6pm, as part of Music in Great Spaces, a new WSO performance series that presents music in architecturally exceptional spaces throughout the region.



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Virtuoso Natasha Korsakova, of Russian-Greek decent, is one of most popular violinists of her generation. The German Süddeutsche Zeitung describes her ability to play the violin as a "sinfully beautiful listening experience". The young violinist who speaks five languages is currently a coveted guest for national and international orchestras, music festivals and concert events. The artist stands for “Perfect technique, bold stylistic sense and musical intuition (FAZ) as well as for a charisma that without equal.

...to read more about Natasha Korsakova

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"arguably the most versatile... composer of his time"

Antonín Dvořák

(1841 –1904)
Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer.

Dvořák’s style has been described as ‘the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them’.
In 1892, Dvořák moved to the United States and became the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. While in the United States, Dvořák wrote his two most successful orchestral works. The Symphony From the New World spread his reputation worldwide.  His Cello Concerto is one of the most highly regarded of all cello concerti. Also, he wrote his American String Quartet, his most appreciated piece of chamber music. (www.biography.com)

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Sir Edward William Elgar

(1857 –1934)

Sir Edward William Elgar was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924. (www.biography.com)


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 “Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is widely considered the most popular Russian composer in history. His work includes the The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.


Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840, in Vyatka, Russia. His work was first publicly performed in 1865. In 1868, his First Symphony was well-received. In 1874, he established himself with Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor. Tchaikovsky resigned from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878, and spent the rest of his career composing yet more prolifically. He died in St. Petersburg on November 6, 1893. (www.biography.com)

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