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NB Symphony and the CT Virtuosi Present Final Magnum Opus Concert of 2011-12 Season

The third and final collaborative concert in the 2011-2012 New Britain Symphony-Connecticut Virtuosi Magnum Opus Series takes place on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. in Welte Hall at CCSU. The program, offered under the baton of Maestro Adrian Sylveen, includes four special symphonic works from the late 19th century. Bizet’s melodic Carmen Suite features some of the most famous passages from the opera, including the tuneful ‘Toreador Song’. Mahler’s mystical’songs of a Wayfarer’ integrates song and symphony, and features soprano Jurate Svedaite Wallen as soloist. Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Violin Concerto, First Movement spotlights young soloist Kenta Nomura, who began studying violin at age four. Brahms’ adventurous Symphony No. 3, considered among the most artistically perfect of all symphonies, is gentle and pastoral, yet compelling and energetic.

“This Magnum Opus concert offers listeners a chance to hear some of the most popular works in the Romantic repertoire alongside the Bizet and Mahler pieces, which lead us into the 20th century,” says Richard Judd, chair of the NBSO’s programming committee. With an ensemble of first-class musicians, the Magnum Opus concerts offer a finely tuned orchestra, in an acoustically superior auditorium, under an accomplished maestro, and accompanied by superb soloists. “All this,” explains Judd, “without having to travel far or incur the high cost of parking. It makes for a win-win, while helping to support symphonic music in our local community.”

The soloists for the concert include soprano Jurate Svedaite Wallen, who has performed throughout Europe and the U.S. Well versed in the operatic repertoire, Wallen made her recording debut at age 12. She currently resides in southeast Connecticut and serves on the faculty at Connecticut College and the Thames Valley Music School. Violinist Kenta Nomura began to study the violin at age 4, and has won numerous music and scholarship competitions. Among other accolades, he is a five-time winner of the New York Music Competition.

The concert takes place on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. in Welte Hall at CCSU. Suggested ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Children are free. Tickets are available at the door. Free parking is available in the lot next to the theater. For more info, call either the New Britain Symphony at 860-826-6344, www.newbritainsymphony.org, or the Connecticut Virtuosi at 860-325-2826, www.thevirtuosi.org.