Classical concert series begins Wednesday night

Published on Monday, 14 August 2017 22:16
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

FARMINGTON -Music will fill the air in central Connecticut for the rest of August as the Virtuosi Music Academy’s 2017 Summer Music Festival begins this week.

The festival kicks off Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. The program, which features music from several composers, will showcase members of the Virtuosi Music Academy faculty and guests.

Mezzo-soprano Kerry Gotschall will join the ensemble for a selection of arias by Bach. Violinist Brunilda Myftaraj will be joined by Adrian Sylveen on viola for a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Edward Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings” is also on the program.

On Thursday, the Sylveen String Quartet will make its return to the concert stage. The group will perform two renowned string quartets of Mozart and Robert Schumann - the “Dissonant” String Quartet No.19 in C major by Mozart and Schumann’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor.

These are just two of almost a dozen performances being put on by the Virtuosi Music Academy this month.

Performances will be at Tunxis and SS. Cyril and Methodius Church in Hartford.

The festival’s final show will be a performance of “Dido and Aeneas,” an opera written and composed by Henry Purcell. The opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The story is based on Book IV of Aeneid, a work by the ancient Roman poet Virgil.

The popular English opera will be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.

In place of an admission price, visitors can make a free-will donation to support the festival and the Virtuosi Music Academy. A full list of performances this month and information on the academy’s tuition rates this year can be found at

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News on Monday, 14 August 2017 22:16. Updated: Monday, 14 August 2017 22:19.