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4 CT symphonies host holiday online classical programs

Connecticut Post logo Connecticut Post 12/1/2020 By Joe Amarante
a man wearing a suit and tie: John Charles Thomas, right, will perform with the Waterbury Symphony on Dec. 21. © Provided by Connecticut Post

John Charles Thomas, right, will perform with the Waterbury Symphony on Dec. 21.

Nothing against bad pop holiday tunes (well, maybe we are against some of them), but ’tis the season for classical music — from Handel’s “Messiah” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutracker Suite” to Leroy Anderson’s lighter-but-still-brilliant “Sleigh Ride.”

Those classics will be on sabbatical this pandemic year, at least in public performance, but there is a quartet of fun virtual dates from our local symphonies during the next month.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra created a Spotlight Series of hour-long performances each month by HSO ensembles and guests recorded at venues in and around the capital city, available on-demand for $15.

a group of people in a room: Members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra perform during the Spotlight series. © Provided by Connecticut Post

Members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra perform during the Spotlight series.

The first was seen from mid-November through Dec. 6. The next one premieres Friday, Dec. 11, filmed at Asylum Hill Congregational Church and available on-demand from Dec. 11 through Jan. 10.

The “Music For Strings and Organ” program features Arcangelo Corelli’s “Twelve Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, No. 8”, aka “Christmas Concerto”; Osvaldo Golijov’s “Tenebrae for String Quartet,” “Felix Mendelssohn’s “Octet, Op. 20, Mvt. I.”

a man wearing a suit and tie: Eric Jacobsen is conductor and music director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. © Provided by Connecticut Post

Eric Jacobsen is conductor and music director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.

Performing will be about 10 HSO musicians, including Leonid Sigal, concertmaster; and Edward Clark on organ.

— The Greater Bridgeport Symphony is readying “A Light in the Darkness” Dec. 19 with conductor Eric Jacobsen and Tiffany Poon on piano. Selections include Mozart’s “Piano Concertos” No. 12 and 14 and holiday favorites. Tickets are available for a $23 subscription and the presentation can be viewed from Dec. 19 to April 25.

— And on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., the Stamford Symphony will present “Venetian Holiday,” with Music Director Michael Stern and Kathleen Nester on piccolo in a program of Vivaldi’s “Piccolo Concerto in C Major” and holiday brass tunes including music by Gabrieli plus “Carol of the Bells,” “Deck the Halls” and more. Free, donations are accepted.

— The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will present “Winter Solstice: A Musical Offering of Hope & Light” on Dec. 21, the darkest day of the year, at 7:45 p.m. Featured will be soprano Michelle Johnson, Christopher Houlihan on organ, baritone Brian Major and John Charles Thomas on trumpet. Tickets are $25.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Michael Stern is music director of Stamford Symphony. © Provided by Connecticut Post

Michael Stern is music director of Stamford Symphony.

jamarante@nhregister.com; Twitter: @Joeammo

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