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New Britain Symphony Opens New Season featuring Beatles Music

The New Britain Symphony opens its 2012-2013 Season with a program of songs by the Beatles at the New Britain Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Performed by the orchestra’s string quartet, the program will include such songs as “Lady Madonna,” “Yesterday,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Hey Jude,” all arranged in a classical style for violin, viola, and cello. The event is free to the public and includes a “petting zoo” where children will be introduced to and invited to hold various instruments.

“We are happy to bring back one of our most popular programs to launch the new season,” said NBSO President Nancy Judd. “The Beatles used many classical elements in their music, so this is a natural progression. We are delighted to give audiences a chance to appreciate their songs in a new light.”

The library program is the first in a series of free, family-friendly chamber concerts to be offered out in the community. The orchestra’s Brass Quintet will perform a holiday concert at St. Mark’s Church on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.; the Jazz Quartet will perform at Mooreland Hill School on Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.; and two more library programs—at Peck Memorial Library in Berlin and Plainville Public Library—are scheduled for Feb. 19 and Feb. 21, 2013, respectively, at 6:30 p.m. The orchestra’s Piazzola (Tango) Quartet also performs at the New Britain Museum of American Art on March 10 at 3 p.m.

Also this season, the NBSO and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra continue their collaboration on the Magnum Opus Series, offering three mainstage symphonic concerts on Sunday afternoons in Welte Hall at CCSU. The first concert, on Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m., features Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano No. 1 in B-flat, with Connecticut native Nathaniel Baker as soloist; and Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite (1919). On Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., New Britain’s Polish heritage is celebrated with Symphonic Poems by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz and traditional Christmas carols. The final concert, on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 4 p.m., includes Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World.”

Also for the first time in several years, the NBSO is pleased to present a mainstage Pops concert, under the baton of Maestro Julian Pellicano of Boston, on Feb. 24, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Welte Hall. The program, which is to be announced, will include familiar tunes as well as some special surprises.

Suggested ticket prices for the Magnum Opus concerts and the Pops concert is $15 for adults and $5 for childen, seniors, and students.

On the educational front, in April 2013, the New Britain Symphony will hold the Helen Kilduff/Elizabeth Elia Music Scholarship auditions. The $1000 Kilduff-Elia Scholarship has been awarded by the NBSO on an annual basis for 32 years. The scholarship opportunity is open to graduating seniors from New Britain, Berlin and Plainville high schools that plan to pursue the study of music in college. Instrumental, piano, and voice auditions will be held on a date to be announced.

The popular annual Young People’s Concert is scheduled for April 10, 2013 from 9:45- 11:00 a.m. in Welte Hall at CCSU. The program, “American Composers,” is performed for all fifth grade students from New Britain, Berlin, and Plainville schools. Maestro Julian Pellicano once again will serve as guest conductor.

Throughout the season, the NBSO offers a variety of day trips to destinations of musical interest in the region. NBSO board member Dieter Johannes serves as host and plans the program for each excursion, which includes performance tickets, select dining, and special treats on the bus. Call Dieter at (860) 828-5414 for the schedule and further details.

The New Britain Symphony and Connecticut Virtuosi are hosting a festive fundraising event on Friday, October 12, at 6:00 p.m. at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. The evening includes an elegant dinner and auction (live and silent), along with musical entertainment provided by members of the orchestra. Tickets to the event are $75 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the Magnum Opus Series.

For more information about the NBSO or the 2012-2013 season, call the Symphony office at 860-826-6344, or visit the NBSO website at