10/4/2011 – Re: The New Beginning – Concert – Welte Hall, CCSU New Britain

Dear Maestro Sylveen:
My being from Dutchess County in the state of New York I’d never heard of the New Britain Symphony. Of course, THAT was before the EXCEPTIONAL performance I thoroughly enjoyed last Sunday afternoon.
I attended this performance in the company of Connecticut friends, loyal NBS supporters. I attended this performance in the company of Connecticut friends, loyal NBS supporters. I was amazed by the range of the selectivity of your program, the skill and musicality of the NBS musicians, and the control and ‘presence’ of their conductor.
For a small orchestra, the sound was surprisingly LARGE. The musicians’ intonation was incredible, an unique mastery by some of the musicians who appeared to be not much older than High School age. What an amazing ensemble sound.
I was impressed by the fact that your orchestra has a SOUND (like the BSO has a sound), a darned good one.
The lovely Brunilda Myftaraj recalled to my mind the brilliant violinist, Henryk Szeryng, who I enjoyed while a student at Yale School of Music. Ms. Myftaraj’s delicate, controlled sound, near-perfect intonation, and flawless facility are specifically what recalled Maestro Szeryng to me (from the mid-sixties). She is a consummate performer.
In my opinion, Ms. Myftaraj is as good – or better than – any of the major league violinists performing today. I live in the region of the Hudson Valley Symphony and I would like to share her name with this organization (to be considered for inclusion on future programs during upcoming seasons).
My intent is to periodically donate to the New Britain Symphony. I couldn’t think of a more worthwhile (or deserving) recipient. I was also moved by the powerful response of your audience to the soloist AND the orchestra. Hopefully, the next concert(s) won’t coincide with other simultaneous events that tend to eat up a portion of your audience.
Wishing you much success in all your endeavors,
Al…

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