2018-2019 Season Draft


 George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Soloist: Batia Steinbock-Lorenzen, piano
Jean Sibelius: Rakastava (The Lover)
In the season-opening program the Virtuosi will present program bridging heritage of Europe, Israel, and North America. Joining the the orchestra is Polish-born Israeli pianist performing one of the masterpieces of an American genius.

Fri. October 12 / 8 pm / New Britain
First Church Of Christ Congregational (830 Corbin Ave)
Sat. October 13 / 8 pm / Hartford
Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford (55 Charter Oak Ave)


 Carmen by G. Bizet
Bizet’s immortal opera, Carmen, is without doubt one of the most well-known and beloved operas in the repertory today, and was the first opera CLO presented more than a decade ago. Set in Seville, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody. He is later induced to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated, but is driven wild by jealousy. This comes to a head when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bull-fighter Escamillo. The last act, outside the bull-ring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen, there stabbed to death by Don José, who has been awaiting her arrival.Opening his 16th season at the helm of CLO’s Artistic Director maestro Adrian Sylveen, will lead the outstanding Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the production will be fully staged with adult and children’s choruses directed by Chorus Master Dara Blackstone, all with English super-title translations.

Fri. November 9 / 7:30 pm / New Britain
Trinity-On-Main (69 Main St)
Sun. November 11 / 4 pm / New London
Garde Arts Center (325 State St)
Sat. November 17 / 7:30 / Middletown
MHS Performing Arts Center (200 La Rosa Ln)
Sun. November 18 / 2 pm / Hartford
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (600 Main St)


 Annual Polish Christmas Concert
The Virtuosi will be joined by Moniuszko Choir to perform the music of Wojciech Killar, a leading 20th century Polish composer, in a program also containing some Christmas favorites.

Sun. December 9 / Time TBA / Hartford
Cathedral of Saint Joseph (140 Farmington Ave)
December 16 / 4 pm / New Britain
Trinity-On-Main (69 Main St)


  Der Kaiser von Atlantis by V. Ullmann
Fully staged opera in partnership with Connecticut Lyric Opera. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the opera and the orchestra will present this deeply moving work composed and first performed by prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp, will be premiered in New Britain before receiving further performances throughout Connecticut.

January/February 2019 – DATES and TIMES TBA


 Daphna Levy Evan
The Virtuosi will be joined by jazz singer Daphna Levy Evan and young musicians from the Virtuosi Youth Orchestra to perform music from the popular film series, and some jazz standards.

Fri. March 22 / 8 pm / New Britain
First Church Of Christ Congregational (830 Corbin Ave)
Sun. March 24 / 4 pm / Hartford
Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford (55 Charter Oak Ave)


 Giacomo Puccini: Turandot
Puccini’s swansong has a claim to being the last great popular opera. Its melodies have enchanted audiences since its posthumous premiere in 1926, two years after Puccini’s death. It involves a chilling story of love and cruelty, an intriguing cast of characters against the exotic backdrop of Imperial China, magnificent choruses and ensembles, and dazzling orchestration in an exotic score that comprises a string of remarkable arias – among which the great tenor aria ‘Nessun dorma’ is the jewel. It is more than Puccini’s last opera: it is the last word, in every sense, on Italian opera. CLO’s Artistic Director, maestro Adrian Sylveen, will lead the outstanding Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in this fully staged production directed by stage director Jan Mason with full chorus directed by Chorus Master Dara Blackstone, all with English super-title translations.

Fri. May 10 / 7:30 pm / New Britain
Trinity-On-Main (69 Main St)
Sat. May 11 / 7:30 pm / Middletown
MHS Performing Arts Center (200 La Rosa Ln)
Fri. May 17 / 7:30 pm / New London
Garde Arts Center (325 State St.)
Sun. May 26 / 2 pm / Hartford
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (600 Main St)


 Music of the Revolutions
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)
Shostakovich String Symphony No. 8
Concert program exploring music that reflected milestone events of social change. Virtuosi will present pieces that inspired or expressed progress, equality, human rights, and all human values we now take for granted.

Fri. May 31 / 8 pm / New Britain
First Church Of Christ Congregational (830 Corbin Ave)
Sun. June 2 / 2 pm / Hartford
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (600 Main St)

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