NEW BRITAIN - The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will begin its 21st concert season on Friday, Oct. 20.
Under artistic director Adrian Sylveen, this year’s concert theme is focused on reincarnations.
Sylveen said the new season will offer a new way of thinking about music and a way of connecting with others.
“We want to emphasis the emotional progression of each program,” he said.
Friday’s concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church of Christ Congregational at 830 Corbin Ave.
The orchestra will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and “Verklarte Nacht” composed by Arnold Schoenberg, featuring Jim Forgey on clarinet.
On Friday, Nov. 17, the orchestra will perform “The Magic Flute” by Mozart at Trinity-On-Main in New Britain at 7:30 p.m.
The Polish Christmas Concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 17 at Central Connecticut State University’s Welte Auditorium at 3 p.m.
“Andante Spianato et Grande polonaise brillante” by Frederic Chopin, and the Symphoniette by
Darius Milhaud, featuring Rafael Lewandowski on piano, will be performed on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the First Church of Christ Congregational.
A choral concert with the CCSU University Singers, conducted by Drew Collins, will be held on Friday, March 16, at the First Church of Christ Congregational at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed at Trinity-On-Main.
The concert season ends on Friday, June 1, with “Serenade” by Leonard Bernstein and “Adagio” by Charles Ives featuring violinist Brunilda Myftaraj at the First Church of Christ Congregational.
“We live in difficult times. We need music to condition us to be better people on a personal level,” Sylveen said.
He added that the concerts are an invitation for the public to join the orchestra and listen to “fantastic music.”
Admission to all of the performances is by suggested donation.
To view the full 2017-18 schedule, visit thevirtuosi.org.